Tessa is renowned for her exceptional use of colour, her work originating from sketches of textures and rhythms experienced in inspirational gardens and interpreted in her very recognisable style.
Trained in textile design, her influences have been many, from Matisse to
Hodgekin and the bold colourists of mid twenty first century painters Patrick Heron and Albert Irvin.
Gardens are living paintings and have been the constant inspiration she returns to many times. Creating a garden has been an influential process informing her current work. Colour, textures, shapes intrigue and entrance. Sketchbooks with swathes of colour and exuberant drawing attempt to capture sensations which recalled then gradually evolve into more considered and thoughtfully placed images to express the impact of the moment and her response. Tessa works in series to explore and revisit a theme many times, both with lively unpredictable watercolour and mixed media on paper, and oil on paper monoprints, richly textured with hand painting and woodblock printed imagery.