"Art of Scratchboard" has been with Jan Lowe for many years. As Scratchboard is one of her favourite mediums and is one she practices in. Working as a Professional Artist and Tutor in Scratchboard Art as well as a Professional Recruitment Consultant/Adviser. Very different fields, the art brings a passion and reality awareness of the world around her; wherein the consulting is hectic, taxing, pressure driven but exciting – the professions are polls apart, both require integrity and high energy - that is what drives her, and she loves them both.
Her art is what she experienced – the place the event or the encounter. Photography has always been one of her passions, however her art is where the real passion begins, and each stroke is of respect and feelings for that subject. When working in the studio she uses several of her photographs taken in the field to remember the impact that subject had on her - on site in front of the scene or animal has the true character - a photograph is just a flat image - and the colours unless taken in "raw" will not be true – it is a guide and a reminder.
She has been very lucky to be noticed by judges and received many awards. One of her major passions is bringing the endangered species to notice, and these animals come to life in her scratchboards.
Her saying is "My art, my way", and that is what it is.
All visitors are asked to enjoy it for what it is; you are welcome to offer positive comment.
"African Painted Dog". What inspired me to draw/ paint this beautiful creature in Scratchboard and limited ink is that the simplicity of line drawing, which captured the soul of the dog, ensuring the magic of the animals is not lost. The African Painted Dog is now critically endangered, are some of Africa's lesser known animals and certainly very misunderstood. They are only found in the South & East of Africa which is a sad as once they roamed most of Africa. This creature lives in an Open Range Zoo in Melbourne Australia - far from her home, the pack lives as naturally as they can in this zoo. Scratchboard and limited ink 11 x 14 inch by Jan Lowe.