Jenny Oldknow (b. 1975)
Born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1975, Jen’s childhood was spent in a rural environment which sparked a passion for the landscape and the natural world which has never waned, and has always been the primary inspiration on her art.
She now lives in Derbyshire, in the heart of England, with a studio on the doorstep of the stunning Peak District National Park, where daily walks in the countryside with her dog and sketchbook provide a rich source of subject material.
Since being diagnosed with early onset macular degeneration in her twenties, Jen’s work has gradually evolved, and continues to do so, as she deals with the changes to her vision. This includes using jet black ink when drawing to make dark bold marks in contrast to the paper, and a recent move into creating more abstract compositions using the malleable and tactile qualities of oil paint.
All of Jen’s professional success has taken place post-macular degeneration, with her work being exhibited and sold across the world, winning numerous awards along the way, including at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the Association of Animal Artists and the Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. The awards for her work span across a range of subjects and media including watercolour, drawing and printmaking.
Website & Blog www.jennyoldknow.com