Jane Rushton was born in Lancaster in 1955. She studied, as a mature student, at Lancaster University graduating with a First in Visual Culture, and an M.Phil. in Art: Practice and Theory. She subsequently worked for many years as a lecturer in 20thC Art History, and as Studio Practice tutor in the disciplines of Painting and Drawing. Her art has always been rooted in landscape and expresses something of the experience of being within the northern environments to which she is drawn, rather than depicting them directly. From northern England and Scotland, to the Arctic regions of Greenland and Svalbard it is the quiet observation of the natural environment and the processes at play within it that provoke a poetic response that invites contemplation and reverie. She is now based in Mallaig in the West Highlands.