Jenny Woodhouse

Artist’s Statement:

‘My paintings hover between abstraction and figuration – often depicting a feeling for a place. The textural images usually evolve from forms I have seen when out walking – half-hidden ancient field systems, estuary mud patterns, the ever-changing coastal light, tidal edges. Occasionally my work arises from the line of a poem or from a memory of foreign landscapes. I often start working with an idea in mind but the piece will usually turn out completely different – as the artist Richard Diebenkorn said ‘I can never accomplish what I want, only what I would have wanted had I thought of it beforehand.’


Jenny builds her paintings in multiple layers, scratching and over-painting until she feels she has distilled their essence. Although she enjoys walking and exploring the landscape for inspiration, she prefers to create her work in the studio, where she can experiment, build up and reduce textures, and explore ideas. She often works on several paintings at a time.