I work as a painter in both watercolours and oils; I also make hand-pulled original prints using linocut and etching.
Cats are a bit of an obsession and they crop up in a lot of my work (particularly my tortoiseshell moggie, Bramble, who is a handy model when she isn’t trying to walk all over my paintings).
I have exhibited with the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in London and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. I have undertaken many commissions, including one for the stately home Syon House (my paintings of which have been developed into a greetings card range for the attraction’s gift shop).
“I purchased your painting ‘Bunny Park church in Spring’ for friends who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, having married at the church 25 years ago. When we presented the painting to our friends one of them cried and both were moved, it was simply the perfect gift. Thank you so much for your talent, the images on your website do not do justice to your art work once you see it in the flesh.”
Tracy Dickson, Kingston
“Received your watercolour painting the next day after we ordered it. Fabulous painting, we are very pleased with it. We had the painting framed and it looks fantastic. We bought it for a friend as a birthday gift and they are over the moon with it.”
Andrew Moore, Yorkshire
“Thank you for the pet portrait you did of my uncle’s dog, which recently passed away. My uncle is not a very handsy emotional person but he gave me a hug when I gave him the painting and was very slightly teary. So thank you again for such a special gift.”
Natasha Gupta, Greenford, Middlesex
“I am the lucky person who snapped up Jessica’s lovely painting of Hanwell Locks and it’s now sat in my narrowboat and will be passing through the very lock many times over the years to come. It’s even better when it’s in front of you than on the computer screen and it was lovely to meet Jessica, who is a very talented artist.”
Thomas Bicherdike, narrowboat owner, Brentford
How I make a linocut print:
I love doing reduction linocut prints, which I use to achieve layers of bold colour by successive cutting away of areas of the block during the printing process. This is how I make a reduction linocut:
With a reduction print there is no going back and the whole edition must be finished at the same time, resulting in an original, limited edition range of pictures.