Hi I’m Jenni, a photographic artist and writer based in Fife, Scotland who creates one off art works from my photographs by etching designs directly into the photographic emulsion.
I’ve been a photographer for nearly 30 years and a photographic artist for ten. At the moment I’m working on a children’s book called Fairies of Folkland which features the pictures and stories of the fairytale creatures I meet when walking in my local woods.
If you’d have told me five years ago that I would become a writer I’d have laughed you out of the room. This is not something I ever expected I’d be doing.
It all started at an Open Studios North Fife event where I exhibited a couple of fairy creatures I’d etched alongside my other work. While chatting to visitors I told them the silly stories I’d made up about the creatures while I etched them. Several people told me I should make these into a book, but I laughed and replied that I couldn’t write. You have to be good at English to write!
Three days later I woke up with the opening line in my head. I spent the morning panicking, and then settled down to write my first book.
Writing fiction has been a revelation to me. It is fascinating, exciting, and above all fun to create different worlds in words as well as in pictures. I love watching my characters’ stories come to life on paper from random thoughts and ideas and watching an initial muddle of ideas untangle into coherent and flowing sentences.
A lot of my inspiration comes from my local area (the beautiful Howe of Fife) and the photos for fairies of Folkland were all taken on Falkland Estate where I spend many happy hours wandering with and without my camera.
I put a lot of symbolism into my work: some of which is private, reflecting my own experiences but most of which is familiar and universally recognisable.
Thank you for visiting my site and please enjoy looking through my favourite work.
Member of Society for Scottish Artists