TRAIL 2017 – 13th year

TRAIL 2017 – 13th year

23rd July - 2nd September
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Jennifer Jenkins


“So what do you want to do when you leave school, Jennifer?” asked my head mistress.

“I’d like to go to art college” I replied, as this was about the only subject I’d been any good at.

“Oh no, you have to be really good at art to make a career of it. Why don’t you do something useful instead?”

So it was, that I became a nurse and spent the rest of my working life being really useful!

My father had always inspired me to be interested in all subjects, especially the human body and anatomy held a great curiosity for me. During my medical career I was fascinated by the human form and later enjoyed the tactile use of massage.

Having enjoyed drawing as a child and dabbled in a few adult education art classes, I took early retirement after marrying, Graham. He is a man who inspires me to “have a go” at anything challenging. Recognising that I had a flair for art, I decided to take a 2 year course in Art and Design, organised by the Open College Network in Hampshire.

This opened my eyes to what a wonderful world of art there was and I tried my hand at many things for the first time. This included everything from sketching to sculpture, from charcoal to creating three dimensional works from a variety of materials. As I learnt to sculpt, I found that the human form seemed to come through the clay from a life model.

I used various mixed media, from paint and pen and ink, to paper making and printing.

I also studied the history of art and experimented with the interpretation of sounds in my pictures.

How I wish I had been a lot younger when I started!

I realise that I have no particular “style” as my mind is open and I am eager to try new forms of expression. Whilst at ‘Select West’ exhibition, my sketch

book was spotted by a Graphics company and it was suggested that they print one of my quick sketches onto a stretched canvas. These have proved to be very popular.

The cards that you see here, have also been developed from my original ink sketches.

My motto is “What’s next?”

I am happy to discuss commissions on any subjects or styles.

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