Tessa works from her studio in Nursling, Hampshire. She is inspired by the biological sciences and through her work aims "to take you just a little way beyond the everyday".
Tessa paints in an abstract style, concentrating on pattern and surface to convey the complexity of the living world. She uses layers, applying patterns over one another until they are buried deep in the painting. Through colour and mark making, Tessa explores the tiny world of molecules and the amazing way that biological systems develop and interact.
Colour is very important to Tessa’s process, and comes from her sheer delight in the beauty of nature and its astonishing ways.