Yesterday I took some people over to see Jessica Cooper in her light-filled studio in Newlyn. They have long been admirers of Jess’s work and we spent a wonderful afternoon hearing Jess talk about her painting practice. Especially heart warming was to see 12 year old Alec’s reaction to Jess’ beautifully balanced and quietly and deceptively simple compositions – upon leaving, Alec turned to Jess and said “I love your paintings and I hope you never, ever stop painting.”
I’ve personally known Jess for 20 years and have watched her paintings grow in confidence and her career blossom and thrive. It’s still a thrill to be able to visit an artist’s studio and to see where ideas become paintings.