Jenni grew up on the North Sea coast in the Scottish Borders. The countryside of expansive farmland, woodlands, hills and beaches has always been a big influence on her artwork, as have the flora and fauna inhabiting it.
Her first commercial success came in 2013 when a pet portrait given to a friend caught the attention of some people in work, and suddenly there was a handful of orders to do. It was December, so after sharing some pictures with friends and family on Facebook, a handful became a full order book and an ongoing part time enterprise.
In 2015 the time came to say goodbye to the day job in order to build a full time art career.
Since then, Jenni has extended her own brand of expressive artworks, mostly in acrylic paint. She is particularly recognised for her sweeping landscapes, dramatic seascapes and brightly-set animals such as those created by special commission for her local deli, Indie Fude in Comber. The creative community in and around Comber is a great platform to develop and as well as stocking work in The Craft Room, Jenni has held a successful year of printmaking workshops there in her other favourite medium of linocut. Jenni works with limited retail stockists, recently adding No. 6 Queen St in Coleraine and Yard Gallery, Holywood.
Jenni grew her customer base by trading at local high quality art & craft markets, becoming a full member of North Down Craft Collective as well as gaining regular guest slots at National Trust fairs and The Fine & Dandy Market in Belfast. She also co-founded Etsy Sellers NI and organised Northern Ireland’s first ever Etsy Made Local market in 2018, bringing the public face to face with their favourite online Etsy.com sellers.
These positive experiences led Jenni to accept a solo exhibition at Castle Espie in March 2019, and she embarked on a year of landscape works to achieve this. Jenni doesn’t believe she has a single set style or trademark, but knows that her work imparts a sense of place, that the feeling customers get when they view the painting will translate what it was like to be there.
She was also awarded the Individual Artist Grant from Ards & North Down Borough Council, which has been used to purchase a year’s membership of the specialist printmaking facility, Seacourt Print Workshop in Bangor. Jenni plans to spend 2019 developing printmaking techniques and finding new ways to translate the landscape around us.