J.D. studied Fine Art - Painting (B.A.) at St. Martins School of Art and a Postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Arts, Schools, London, graduating in 1994. Whilst there she concentrated on composition. She now teaches at the University of the Arts, London.
"In 1998 I went to Trondheim Kunstacademie, Norway, on a research scholarship, and things began anew.....I lived and worked in Norway for 5 years, including a year in Tromsø, in the north. I found the space I needed to think and liked being in the vast spaces of landscape. I focused on drawing while there, and learnt that the roots of my work are in the landscape and in a linear composition / structure."
"Since I returned to the UK I have visited Scandinavia and more recently Ireland.
I work with ink and oil paintings on board, installations using drawings as a material and drawing collages.
nature and culture ........the territory is in the paper.......
Swamps + hurricanes, stones, tree roots, reeds, earth, peat, turf and coal, storms, pools, stone walls, lichen, seaweed, the river source, gales, rock formations, ice on lake shores.
The work looks at similarities found both in nature and in man’s nature / behaviour, eg. violence. I look at the imagery, form and structure in the landscape, movement in nature.
"The drawings are a language of marks and images built into linear compositions.”
J.D. lives and works in London and visits Ireland and Scandinavia.