‘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 Woodhouse spent much of her childhood in Cornwall and returned to live there in 1983. She studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts and today lives and works in St. Ives. Jenny’s paintings are notable for their atmospheric lighting and use of texture. She endeavours to find a balance between creating a sense of place and time of day whilst representing these forms in a semi-abstract way.