Tess has been painting professionally since the late 1990’s beginning her painting career in a Manchester gallery as an Artist-in-Residence. Here her work was mainly commissioned by large corporate companies and was sold throughout the U.K and abroad. Since returning to Somerset her work has developed further and Tess regularly exhibits during the year across the West Country. Having lived much of her life on the edge of Exmoor it is the connection with wild and untouched places that inspires her work. By exploring paint through gestural mark making, scratching, splattering and palette knife work her paintings evolve spontaneously with an intuitive response to the landscape. Her aim is to reach beyond visual representation and evoke the spirit of the place. Devoid of human presence Tess encourages the viewer to engage with her work and perhaps just for a moment be taken there. .As her creative journey progresses Tess continually explores media and techniques to capture the beauty around us.
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