‘The work of Jenny Matthews shows… that painting flowers need not be merely botany; that in the right hands inspiration and poetry are completely compatible with precise observation and understanding of the distinctive characters of flowers and plants’. (Duncan Macmillan, 2016)
Jenny Matthews (biography) was born in 1964 and grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art under Dame Elizabeth Blackadder (who taught her Botanical Illustration at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden), John Houston and Ann Oram amongst others. Jenny graduated in 1986 with a BA (Hons) in Drawing and Painting. She is the Head of the Scottish branch of the International Watercolor Society (IWS Scotland).
Jenny has earned her reputation as an accomplished Scottish watercolourist, exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad over the last 30 years, winning an annual prize at London’s Royal Watercolour Society in 2007 and their Exhibitions Award in 2015. She was nominated for the international watercolour prize ‘Marche d’Acqua 2016’ in Fabriano, Italy, took part in the Salon international de l’Aquarelle, St Yrieix la Perche, France in 2016 and led the Scottish group of artists in FabrianoinAcquarello, Italy in 2017. Jenny is represented by the UNIONgallery Edinburgh, Frames Gallery Perth, Thompson’s Aldeburgh, Corrymella Scott Gallery, Tolquhon Gallery and The Lost Gallery, both in Aberdeenshire, and Riverside Art and Glass in Norfolk.
As well as regularly taking part in group and solo exhibitions, Jenny also works to commission (there is a ‘Commissions‘ page on this website for further information).
Jenny’s paintings are in the collections of Ian Rankin (crime writer) and Miranda Harvey, Adam and Co, Brodies, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hewlett Packard, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Paintings in Hospitals and Walter Scott and Partners, as well as in private collections worldwide.
Jenny has lived in France and Indonesia, and is now based in Edinburgh with her husband Pierre Puyrigaud and their two children, Zoé (20) and Marie (15)
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