Biography

Jenny Shaw-Browne’s dramatic paintings glow with vibrant colour and life. The atmospheric landscapes and seascapes are painted from direct observation, capturing her love of Cornwall. Rich strong colours and textures celebrate the elements of weather, land, light and sea found in this stunning landscape. Cloud shadows, breaking surf, rock formations, harbour scenes and beachscapes are all represented. 

With her oil paintings she uses a palette knife, brushes and her hands directly in the oil paint building up layers, both impasto and scumbled. Frequently she places strokes of colour next to each other often unblended. Elements are reduced to simple paint marks, strokes of the brush depicting light and shadow. This impressionistic technique allows the vibrancy and energy of the painting to be retained when viewed as a whole, resulting in the paintings having a beautiful intensive quality when finished. As well as using oil paints, Jenny is just as comfortable painting with watercolours, pastels and pen and inks, all exhibiting a light and vibrant touch. 

Born into a farming family, Jenny grew up on the borders of Sherwood Forest where she enjoyed drawing from an early age. After an “A” level in art, Jenny progressed to an honours degree in Archaeology and Ancient History at Nottingham University, extensively utilising her interest in archaeological illustration and artefact drawing. This combination of a love of historical landscapes together with mans’ connection to the earth, appear throughout her paintings. After developing the debilitating illness M.E.in 1991, Jenny returned to her artistic roots, within a short time becoming a full time artist exhibiting at a number of galleries in the Midlands and the South. She moved her studio to St Ives in 2008. She has exhibited widely including with the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal West of England Academy. Her paintings are held in both private and public collections in this country and abroad.

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