It is with great sadness that the family of Jenny Jowett share the news that Jenny passed away earlier this year after a short illness. She was with her family at the end and leaves behind a great legacy of knowledge and her floral paintings.
was a founder member of the Society of Botanical Artists, and former President of the Society of Floral Painters, Jenny has won 4 Gold and 3 Silver Guilt medals from the Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S.), and designed the R.H.S. Chelsea Plate in 1992.
Her work has been published in several books and she has painted the Genus Paeonia for a Royal Botanic Kew Garden monograph, where she has also contributed to the Curtis and Plantsman magazines. She worked for Mikinori Ogisu recording new species in the Sichuan region of China.
Jenny had 14 one man exhibitions, and her work is in many public and private collections worldwide, notably in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburg, USA, the RHS Lindley library London, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the Shirley Sherwood collection, and the late Diana Princess of Wales. Her work is included in the Highgrove Floirlegium (a permanent record of the flora in the garden of H.R.H The Prince of Wales).
Jenny painted professionally for forty years. She specialised in botanical illustration and enjoyed the freedom of landscape, but above all she was a passionate devotee of the art of watercolour.
She had a spacious studio in her garden enabling her to teach from home. Teaching was something Jenny loved and she ran many courses at home and abroad. Jenny also taught for two separate weeks at Flatford Mill and Dedham Hall in Suffolk.
Jenny’s watercolour workshops were suitable for all levels of ability and experience. Jenny’s informal teaching methods included talks demonstrations, individual coaching and discussion to create a varied and interesting day. Everyone was encouraged to develop their own style and complete a piece of work during the course.
Jenny’s two acre garden is full of unusual plants and was, for many years, opened for charity under the National Gardens Scheme.