Inspiration: Maps & Mountains

"Not all those who wander are lost" 

JRR Tolkien

Jane Hunter on summit of Ben A'an, Trossachs

For me, following a map, walking through glens and up steep slopes made me wonder… how was this landscape formed? The more I thought about this question, the more it overwhelmed me, I needed a deeper understanding. 

I began reading about geology, studying topographical and geological maps, becoming even more overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. How tectonic plate movement, igneous intrusions, sedimentary layers and glacial erosion shaped the landscape I see before me, is fascinating.
Jane Hunter Map Collector

There is a long history of common ground between mapmaking and landscape art, both represent and communicate the space around us.  

Jane's Geological Map of Clyde Coast

Jane playing Geology charades at Parallel Roads GlenRoy

The complex colours and shapes of geological maps, revealing the often hidden stories of the structures of the earth beneath our feet. I am compelled to tell these stories and communicate these vast and complicated landscapes through my work.

Jane Hunter looking over Trotternish Ridge, Isle of Skye, Scotland

 If you see me in the mountains, stop and say hello!