Black Eyes, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40cm
Trained at Glasgow School of Art
Primarily works in acrylic and gouache, her work is figurative whilst exploring colour and pattern.
Jess’s work explores imaginary narratives; the stories within her paintings mix memory and real events with fictional characters and places.
She creates other places, a mixture of the magical and the real. Spaces in between, where we find the promise of something else, the potential for change, an escape, a new existence with the possibility of alternative narratives. The landscapes are often inhabited by strong women, protectors and builders, themselves often protected by wild cats that represent their inner strength. There is often a suggestion of darkness, a looming threat to these new worlds, there is always light and dark in life but Jess's paintings are coloured with hope.
Jess’s portraits of women are also a combination of real people and imaginary characters, often looking out at us from dark backgrounds, once lost now searching for new narratives, embracing the history of painting whilst re-claiming a 'female space' within art.