Jess Kerr grew up in the beautiful county of Sussex, England. Showing a keen interest in art from a young age, her childhood memories are littered with images of the pictures she drew as she experimented with new subjects and mediums. Always an animal lover at heart, Jess learnt to draw wildlife from her Farthing Wood Friends magazines (a must for any child in the 90’s) and spent many afternoons sketching illustrations of the family pets. After studying art at high school, Jess followed her passion for travel and her artistic pursuits turned towards photography of the places she visited, which she would often turn into sketches and watercolours when she returned home. Fulfilling a life long dream by relocating to Australia in her early twenties, Jess is now settled and raising her family in the suburbs of Perth, WA where she has returned her focus to pursuing both life and career as an artist.
Grown-up Jess still enjoys exploring a variety of different mediums – and can often be found covered in pastel or ink, rolling out fondant or traipsing around Perth with her camera – but she is always drawn back to her easel and a world of paint brushes and canvas. She frequently pairs her favourite medium [acrylic paint] with a subject close to her heart – animal and pet portraiture. Working in realism, Jess uses a painterly style to capture the emotion and personality of her subjects, and the relationship between subject(s) and viewer.