Tessa’s artistic education includes a Figurative Painting Diploma from Heatherleys completed in 2002, following a Mathematics Degree from Exeter University and a previous career as a Japanese Fund Manager in London and Tokyo. In Autumn 2016 she returned to Somerset after living for two years in New York, where she completed a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the New York Academy of Art.

Since 2002 she has exhibited widely in exhibitions in the UK including the Threadneedle Art Prize, the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the New English Art Club Annual Exhibitions. In 2010 she was elected to membership of the New English Art Club after being awarded the NEAC’s Cecil Jospe Prize in 2009.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2017 Moorwood Art
Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows
NEAC Annual Exhibition
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
Lynn Painter Stainers Prize
Zillah Bell Gallery, Yorkshire
2016 Moorwood Art
New York Academy Of Art Tribeca Ball Exhibition
Sothebys New York Take Home A Nude Exhibition
Christies New York Friends Seminary Exhibition
2015 David Zwirner Friends Seminary Art Exhibition
Sothebys New York Take Home A Nude Exhibition
2014 Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows
Moorwood Art Summer and Winter Shows, London and Somerset
2013 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition
Jenna Burlingham Fine Art
Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize
Still Alive, Twenty Still Life Painters at the Mall Galleries
2012 Russell Gallery Summer and Winter Shows
Moncreiffe Bray Autumn Show
2010 Elected to membership of the New English Art Club
RWA Annual exhibition, one of five ‘highly commended’ paintings
2009 Josie Eastwood Fine Art Summer Exhibition
Lynn Painter Stainers Art Prize
2008 The Threadneedle Art Prize, Mall Galleries