Jess was born in Sussex, with her childhood split between there and Brussels. After studying illustration at Falmouth College of Arts she moved to London. She has spent over a decade working as a studio assistant for two significant contemporary artists, firstly Damien Hirst and currently Raqib Shaw, whilst continuing her own illustrative practice.
Whilst living in the city, she focused on studying the internal structure of plants in her drawings, exhibiting in several exhibitions. A move out of the city last year prompted her to explore the surrounding nature as a whole, and she continues in her attempts to capture the beauty of the natural world in her illustrations.