Jennifer is a self-taught sculptor and stone carver. Her introduction to stone came from a chance sighting of quarrymen at work dressing wall-stones, the sound and rhythm of their neat-handed skill was an inspiration. On the strength of this encounter, she purchased her first hammer and chisel.
Initially Jennifer learned to carve in her spare time, and got weekend work in a quarry. She created a small range of ornaments and garden sculpture in stone. This collection was quickly noticed, and she was invited to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, resulting in customers commissioning sculpture and ordering carved pieces.
Throughout her life Jennifer has been fascinated by the natural world and is an exhibitor at the Society of Wildlife Artists ‘Natural Eye’ at the Mall Galleries. The wonder she still feels from watching local wildlife is at the core of her making. She works sensitively with her chosen medium of stone, depicting her subjects in a simple, quiet way, reducing forms to their essential elements in rounded flowing shapes. This is powerfully evidenced in her recent organic pieces, where proportions seem almost engorged, but remain soft.
A recent project, working with award winning architects Arup, highlights her connection with nature. Ten carved stones depicting beautifully observed wildlife species found at the site, now stand proud on the banks of the River Aire close to Leeds City centre. Other commissions have included a piece in alabaster for the Burrell Collection Museum at Pollok Country Park in Glasgow.
Jennifer lives and works in North Yorkshire, surrounded by open countryside and the North York Moors National Park.