Featuring Jenny Leach: Artist, Author & Teacher

By Jenny Leach
“Jo with Ruby”, 2013, oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cms

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It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Jenny Leach.

Jenny is an artist and teacher.

Between 2008 and 2012 she had two mastectomies for breast cancer, a recurrence, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries).

“At one point it felt like the Royal Marsden cancer hospital in Chelsea, London was my first home, as everything seemed to happen at once.”

Jenny says that carrying on with her creative life provided a “soul space” to escape from the physical and emotional realities of cancer treatment – an external focus outside of the discomfort, depression and insecurity within.

“Cancer also provided the motivation to make changes for a better and more stress free life.” 

These changes included putting together a book of her Paintings, Prints and Drawings (from 1986 – 2016) which is now in print.

“Apart from my dog, Milli, creativity is my best and most loyal companion.”


Jenny Leach - Paintings, Prints, Drawings from 1986 to 2016

An inspired collection of the authors’ own work spanning 30 years into the `Visual Art Language’. The book demonstrates a variety of mediums including oil paint, etching and drawing.

It will appeal to readers with an interest in Fine Art, practitioners or those with an interest in the development of a visual language.

This book comprises 49 colour and 62 black and white original images, most at full page size.

It is divided into six sections which look at different aspects of visual language in terms of either subject matter or media. It contains works from memory, etchings, still life, portrait, figure drawings and student work.

Readers are able to see the development of a language which has evolved from early student work to current work.

There are brief introductions to each section which aim to explain how the ideas came about, providing some detail about the artistic process, the inspiration behind the work and the challenges encountered along the way.

Complementing the visual art are short and concise introductions to each section.

A biography of the author is included at the end.


Jenny Leach – paintings, prints, drawings (published 28th March 2018)



Feature image courtesy of Jenny Leach (“Jo with Ruby”, 2013, oil on canvas, 91 x 122 cms)



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