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Tessa Shedley Jordan

Artist's Statement I trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts from 1965 to 1969 where I did my foundation year followed by the three year Dip.AD course. I was fortunate as the teaching staff at that time was exceptional and I could include such painters as Euan Uglow, Ben Levine and Christopher Chamberlain as my tutors.

In my last year I took on some paid illustration work for the Times Literary Supplement and the Radio Times and went into children’s book illustration as my career after leaving college. I was never without a commission throughout my working life until I gave up due to ill health. Throughout my life I have taught drawing and painting both privately and tutoring adult education courses at the West Suffolk College. I began painting seriously in 2002, exhibiting with my local art societies.

However complicated the subject matter I always paint from life as I feel this gives my work a directness that working from photographs cannot achieve. I believe that, as an artist, it is important to continue learning and exploring and so I attend life classes two or three days a month and recently have taken part in a few courses with the NEAC Drawing Club at the RA and at the Bankside Gallery with the RWS. I also attend courses run by the SEAW.

In 2005 I had my first gallery exhibition at the Hunter Gallery, Long Melford. Since then I have exhibited regularly at the Hunter Gallery and at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, London. For the last four years my work has been accepted by the Royal Watercolour Society Open at the Bankside and the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.

My work can be viewed at  the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London and The Hunter Gallery in Long Melford.

Contact email tessashedleyjordan@gmail.com