Jenny lives and works from her studio in Alderley Edge, Cheshire. She became a full time artist in 2002 after running her own interior design company for over 9 years.
“Much of my work is landscape based – inspired by my travels in the UK and abroad. I am interested in rural and urban landscape and particularly the influence of manmade structures and buildings on the natural landscape. I try to incorporate interesting textures into my work by the overlaying of paint and collage and also the rubbing and scraping away of paint to reveal layers beneath. I aim to capture the essence of a place – an emotional response rather than an accurate representation. Thus my paintings which begin from a photograph, sketch or a memory often take on a life of their own led by the medium and the method of applying the paint. It is a process of experimentation, a balance between control and letting go and taking risks. Too much control for me leads to a flat and dull outcome, too little control to disharmony and chaos. .With a spontaneous style it is impossible to predict and harmony.
I have been influenced by painters such as John Piper, Scottish artist Barbara Rae and Welsh artist David Tress and the great painter Turner who said
“A painting is principally an expressive arrangement of primary materials” This seems to sum up perfectly how I feel about my work."