Readers of Australian Artist magazine will be familiar with Jenny Macnaughton as she has been a regular contributor to the magazine for many years with several articles also appearing in Artists Palette.
Jenny was born in Sydney and displayed a natural ability for painting from an early age. After attending East Sydney Technical College Jenny worked for several years as a Tracer-Draftswoman.
Jenny has been painting in watercolour for more than 30 years after changing from oils. For many years Jenny has been teaching regular classes and workshops throughout Australia and has been a regular tutor for Mitchell College at Bathurst at both Summer and Winter Schools and at Grafton Artfest. She is an exhibiting member of the Royal Art Society of NSW, the Watercolour Society of Victoria and many local art societies. She has held many exhibitions throughout Australia, including Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Rockhmpton, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Dorrigo, her first being in Sydney in 1985. On two of these occasions she joined forces with her husband David and held joint exhibitions, Jenny painting in watercolour, David painting in oils.
In 1994 her first book ‘Capturing the Australian Light in Watercolour’ was published. This was followed by her second book ‘Watercolour Flowers Fast Fresh and Free’ two years later. She has also released three tutorial DVD’s titled ‘Jenny Macnaughton paints Watercolour – Australian Country Cottages’, ‘Australian Country Landscapes’ and ‘The Old Bush Shack’.
For many years, Jenny has held classes for both adults and children in her previous studios in Dorrigo and Sydney and has regularly run workshops in many locations including Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Armidale, Megan and with David, held full week Holiday Workshops in Dorrigo, Hillston, Norfolk Island and other locasions around Australia. They opened a studio/gallery in Dorrigo shopping centre and ran it successfully for three years.
After David’s passing, Jenny moved to Mudgee and has set up a new studio. She is very involved in the arts community and paints, En Plein Air, with two groups of fellow artists and has general become active in various other groups.