Jina loves the history of our small country and has always been interested in the Viking invasions along the North East coast. The rich history of the Vikings in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and the Up Helly Aa festivals were the primary inspirations for her concept. She also took the name from the book “The Viking Path”, which inspired the festival’s current format. As for style, Jina drew loosely from the Lindisfarne Gospels, which were created near her home as well as taking elements from the Up Helly Aa festival and archeological items such as the Papilstone.
Jina is a wildlife artist and illustrator who, when not painting lighthouses, works in ink and watercolour. She has a mild obsession with gold leaf and always enjoys the challenge of a new brief. Jina strives to express life and movement in her work and captures the characters of her subject matter. When she’s not running around the countryside with her toddler and her whippet she is in the studio making as much mess as possible and trying to make people smile through her work.