Jenni was brought up in Cornwall and made her way to Bath to study Fine Art BA Hons at Bath Spa University in 2005. From there she went on to train as a Secondary School Art Teacher at the University of the West of England, Bristol.Jenni left teaching late in 2021 to focus on her art and creating.
Paint and colour has become the focus on her more recent work incorporating a bigger sense of the abstract and self expression. The abstract form ones from a love of the open, sea, and Jenni’s dyslexic tendencies which making errors when reading, visual disturbances, words moving around or blurred and difficulties carrying out sequences and following directions. All of this is clear to see in her work.
Jenni often finishes her work with thicker heavier lines and this is a nod towards the line and text she finds so difficult to make sense of when reading. The narrative here explains that colours are the confusion, often when its overwhelmingly busy and ‘noisy’. Jenni declares ‘it is often misunderstood, the amount of brain power needed to stay focused, it is exhausting, art is natural to me and defuses that struggle and expectation of something that comes easy to others, reading. I wish I could read but I can’t.
At other times Jenni likes to take her work right back to her routes. Drawing in a very loose style reflective of her Cornish upbringing and the artists that she so admired growing up. Jenni studied her A-Levels in Penzance and was able to taken advantage of both coasts spending much time in St. Ives and Penzance taking on board the scenes and history of art and artists before.
Cornwall is still very much in the present as Jenni visits family and friends often. You can keep up to date with this through the means of instagram. However Bristol is also a the heart of Jenni’s work. What it has to offer Jenni and her family is as they grow fills the gaps that beautiful Cornwall can’t. The bustle and access to so much, places to visit, activities and network of wonderful artists and creatives allows Jenni to keep growing her craft and find what she is looking for.
2005-8 BA Hons Fine Art Bath Spa University
2008-9 UWE PGCE Art and Design
Shows and Features
2008 Old Truman Brewery.
2009 Group Show in Bath Victoria Rooms.
2020 NBA Trail Bristol.
2021 Feb/March Boardwalk 'Original Features' Magazine Feature
2022 April Salthouse Gallery, St. Ives. Cornwall.
2022 May Snuffy Jacks, Bristol.
2022 May Upfest, Bristol.