Art of the mat­ter

Coastal home in­spired owner’s cre­ative spirit

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - HOME STYLE - By Lau­rna Robert­son

IT’S one of the North­east’s pret­ti­est vil­lages and has a rich artis­tic his­tory. And it’s thanks to the nat­u­ral beauty of the Cat­ter­line area that Jan­ice Head­rick was in­spired to start paint­ing. Af­ter liv­ing sur­rounded by artists and idyl­lic land­scapes for 13 years, she de­cided it was time to give art a try. “There’s a great artist group here and the area is so in­spir­ing,” said the 52-yearold, who is orig­i­nally from Al­loa. “The coun­try­side, the sea, the chang­ing sea­sons – the colours here are con­stantly evolv­ing. “I may have be­come in­ter­ested in art else­where but I doubt I would have been as in­spired as I am in this area.” Jan­ice bought the prop­erty 20 years ago with her part­ner De­nis Thom­son. They’d pre­vi­ously let the op­por­tu­nity to own the Vic­to­rian for­mer school­mas­ter’s house slip through their fin­gers and they weren’t go­ing to make the same mis­take again. “When we first went to view it there was a lot of in­ter­est and an­other bid­der got it. “Nine months later they were forced to move down south and we got our sec­ond chance.” They com­pletely mod­ernised the prop­erty and three years ago Jan­ice de­cided it was time to make a sep­a­rate space for her art­work, and the cou­ple cre­ated a stu­dio. Jan­ice said: “I’d pre­vi­ously painted in the house but I needed my own place to work. “The stu­dio and prop­erty have open views of the coun­try­side so I get full ad­van­tage of the nat­u­ral light.” Due to the sud­den tragic loss of Den­nis, Jan­ice has de­cided it is time to move on. “For me it’s a house full of won­der­ful mem­o­ries that we had to­gether,“ she said. “I now feel it’s time to let some­one else en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing here.” Bar­ras School­house, by Cat­ter­line, Stone­haven is avail­able for of­fers over £350,000. To view the ren­o­vated three-bed­room Vic­to­rian school house con­tact Con­nons of Stone­haven on (01569) 762971.

BRIGHT: The kitchen in Bar­ras School­house. GREAT OUT­LOOK: The view from the house, left, and, right, its ex­te­rior. PIC­TURE PER­FECT: Artist Jan­ice Head­rick out­side her art stu­dio. OPEN DOOR: View in­side the art stu­dio.

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