Jess Kidd was born in Harrogate, but spent her early and formative years in the Burley and Keighley areas of the district.
Jess is a mixed-media portrait artist with a particular interest and specialism in dog portraiture. She produces a range of canine images, including original work commissioned by dog owners. She has written:
As a young child I had difficulty talking. I would rather be under a table pretending to be a dog, but my patient mum filled my life with creative things to do. As I grew into an awkward teenager I learnt how I could use art to express myself, and during my degree at Central Saint Martins, I explored language theory.
I have huge respect for Art Therapy and after several years working in education, it was therapy that brought me back to my art recently where again I used it as a tool, but this time for rehabilitation after suffering the isolating effects of Tuberculosis.
Jess graduated in 2008 from Central Saint Martins Art College, London, with a degree in 4D fine art. In addition to developing her own art work, she worked for Bradford Council, in Keighley, as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant.
Her work has been exhibited at the Cuerden Valley Fair, British Craft Trade Fair and at the Ilkley Art Trail.
Artist’s website: Jess Kidd Art