Jenny Pery was born in Calcutta, India, and read languages at Oxford before becoming an artist and art historian.
She studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art (taught by James Robertson), St Martin's School of Art, the Byam Shaw School and Exeter College of Art and Design, where Karl Weschke was an important influence.
She later acquired an MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art and Design.
Now living and working on the edge of Dartmoor, she is an active member of the Devon Artists Network, and holds Open Studio exhibitions every autumn. Jenny Pery exhibits her work frequently in group shows in the South West of England.
She is a member of the 21 Group of Artists, the South West Academy, the Plymouth Society of Artists, and the Society of Wood Engravers. As a member of the Devonshire Association she contributes articles on Devon painters.
She has also had many solo exhibitions in the South West and elsewhere, including Oxford, Cambridge, London and Tunis, and her work is in many private and public collections.
A further interest is making Artists' Handmade Books - often a collaborative venture with other artists - and some of these are in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Special Book Collection.
Jenny Pery combines her own art with writing on Art and Artists. She is the author of many copiously illustrated books on painters past and present, including a definitive volume on Andrew Festing, one of Britain’s pre-eminent portrait painters. She has also written three books on the well-known West Country landscape painter, Alan Cotton.
For a list of her publications, see here.