| Jenny Portlock
Initially Jenny studied as a Graphic Design and was employed as a Book Designer for Longman Pearson, designing children's books and commissioning illustrations. After 8 years she set up on her own as a Freelance Designer for Longman Pearson, Cambridge and Oxford University Presses.
Alongside her design work she began producing and selling linocuts then progressing to wood engraving to enable her to achieve finer detail.
Her design experience has helped her to develop her ideas and has given her work its strong graphic quality. Inspiration is drawn from her own imagination combined with a love of all aspects of the countryside. Some of her work has evolved to take on a more fantasy, dreamlike quality, sometimes incorporating lettering into the designs to further evoke the mood. There is often a hidden meaning within the design, an emotion or thought but she likes to leave it to the viewer to form their own interpretation. Jenny loves the Art Nouveau period and is fascinated by rhythmical shapes and intricate detail.
She prints her wood engravings and linocuts onto hand-made papers using an antique cast-iron press and has designed her own imprint which is hand-embossed into each print.
Jenny is an elected member of the Society of Wood Engravers.