Jess is an artist printmaker making small limited editions, usually of multi-colour ‘reduction’ linocut prints: cutting away parts of each colour layer before laying in the next one.She is particularly known for her colour relationships and textures of ink. Many of her prints are landscape images inspired by real places, mostly in Devon, and often on Dartmoor. Aiming to capture a sense of the place, she uses very simple but evocative elements in the compositions. So although each piece appears quite simple, this is a result of many decisions, stripping back preparatory drawings several times, to find the right composition, and also the right marriage of colours to complete the story. She works from initial sketches in situ, and also uses a tablet. Although some pieces are quite literal, she is moving into a more abstracted style in others.
Jess originally trained in Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University, which led to her working as an actor role-player, and workshop leader. After living in Brighton for many years, she moved to Devon in 2008. She exhibits with several galleries and is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.