Jennie produces linocut prints in colour and black and white. She is driven by an interest in architecture and a fascination with the way space is taken up in our cities, as well as the patterns, repetition and colours found in the built environment. Although brought up in Scotland she has lived in and near London for the past 30 years and this has been an influence on much of her work with its landmark buildings and well known views.
After many years of filling her spare time with life drawing and painting classes she gave up full time secretarial work at Channel Four Television and undertook a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Richmond upon Thames College. She went on to take a degree in Fine Art Printmaking at Croydon College and then to Wimbledon School of Art where she gained a Masters Degree in 2002. During the next few years she continued to work part time for Channel Four while developing her print work. At the beginning of 2005 she made the decision to pursue a full time art career. Two short contracts as a college print technician followed which she found an invaluable experience in developing her own knowledge of printmaking. During this time she purchased a Victorian Albion printing press and set up her own studio space.
She works in relief print, using the reduction method to achieve her layers of bold colour. This involves printing each colour separately, with the successive cutting away of areas from the surface of a flat block of lino, inking the remaining area and printing from this onto paper, continuing until the finished print is achieved. All of this is done by hand. With the reduction block there is no going back and the whole edition must be finished at the same time.
Her work can be seen in a number of galleries, she is a member of Greenwich Printmakers and Southbank Printmakers where her work is permanently on display