DEBBIE Jenkins' artwork expresses an intuitive and personal response to the natural world around her.

Exploring nature's on going cycle of movement in her Earth and Sea poems, she reflects on the flow and flux of its underlying rhythms and reoccurring sense of enclosure and exposure to the elements.

Her second solo exhibition in Cumbria is running in the sought after space of the Brewery Arts Centre's Sugar Store Gallery until August 3.

There are three cabinet displays within the Ancient Land: Earth and Sea Poems exhibition that show sketchbook exploratory ideas and collected pieces from Allonby and the Northumberland coastline featured in the paintings and sculptures.

"My fascination is not so much with the grand panorama but with the quiet spaces between land and sea," explains Debbie. "Nature’s intimate and protective enclosures, the often unnoticed fragments and minutiae left behind, or as I like to describe them “the jewels in the debris."

Debbie's background is in fine art textiles. Originally from Crosby in Liverpool, she graduated from John Moores Liverpool College of Art in the 1980s and went on to design in the textile industry; Debbie was chief designer for Jaeger handknits in the 1990s and set up her own Bloomsbury Design Company as a consultant designer to companies such as Mulberry. She also launched her own range of luxury handknits under the Debbie Jenkins label.

Today, working from her studio in Hayton, in north east Cumbria, she has developed an inspirational garden that has featured in both local and national press and is synonymous with her ethos and creative way of life.

"I now concentrate on painting alongside a garden I open to the public created over many years; and my partner and I design and sell garden sculptures and ironwork."

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