Tess studied Textile Design in Nottingham gaining a BA (Hons) in 1991. She taught Art and Design until 1998 when she started painting on a full-time basis using her experiences in Africa and Nepal as inspiration for her work.
Tess began to sell her work professionally in the late 1990s working as an Artist-in-Residence in a Manchester gallery. Here her work was mainly commissioned by large corporate companies and was sold throughout the UK and abroad.
Having returned to Somerset, Tess regularly exhibits her original paintings in the South West of England.
I have spent much of my life living on the edge of Exmoor and it is this connection with wild and untouched places that inspires my work. By exploring paint through mark making, scratching, splattering and palette knife work my paintings evolve spontaneously with an intuitive response to the landscape.
I hope to reach beyond visual representation and evoke the spirit of a place, so that the viewer may engage with the work and perhaps just for a moment be taken there. As my painting journey progresses I am continually exploring media and techniques to capture the beauty around us.