Old Meet Jenny

Click to see the short video of the creation of a painting ‘en plein air’ on a beach in France.

Click to see the short video of  my 2 hour demonstration at Edinburgh’s UNIONgallery, August 2018.

‘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)

‘Technically….Matthews is brilliant’. (Giles Sutherland 2017)

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. 


Jenny has earned her reputation as an accomplished Scottish watercolourist, exhibiting extensively in the UK and abroad over the last 33 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. She was Scottish co-representative with Angus McEwan in FabrianoinAcquarello 2018 and Leader in 2019 and 2020. See my watercolour demonstration in FabrianoinAcquarello 2018 in Italy.

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. They have two grown-up daughters.

Jenny Matthews is represented by:

Smithy Gallery

Thompsons Gallery


Tolquhon Gallery

Frames Gallery

Lost Gallery

Ballater Gallery

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