Artist Profile – Jessie Carr

B. A. (Hons) degree in Graphic Design, studied at Central St. Martins in London.

Professional artist, designer and tutor with over 20 years experience in the decorative arts.

Examples of my work can be found in my Personal Gallery

After graduating, worked for a backdrop hire company where I learnt my craft as a backdrop painter, eventually working freelance in London. I painted and hired painted canvas backdrops to the photography, film, TV and event industries, including publishing houses such as Condé Nast (Vogue, Brides), the BBC, and many well known photographers.

I moved to Scotland in 2006, and after the birth of my son in 2007, worked as a freelance artist, designing and painting bespoke furniture for a luxury nursery company. I also worked on exclusive parties and events, painting anything required, from personalised backdrops to tipis,18’ diameter canvas bell tents and wedding cakes!

I worked and volunteered for Remake Scotland, a creative recycling project from 2012 – 2016, until relocating to Gloucestershire in February 2016. My role as Creative Leader was to devise and deliver workshops for a wide variety of groups within the community, promoting recycling and reuse in a positive, achievable, fun and creative way.

Over the years I have painted using many techniques and paints on a wide variety of media, in a range of styles and scale. Drawing on this expertise and my experience as Creative Leader, I found tutoring was a natural progression.

Since moving to Gloucestershire I have worked as an art tutor for a nationwide art class franchise, delivering a comprehensive 14 week programme to adult students. I set up Discovery Art Class as I realised there was a demand for shorter, more focused courses to fit with busy lifestyles, with an emphasis on explaining techniques and media. Since then I have successfully set up 4 classes in 2 different venues, with plans for workshops and evening classes to be added soon!