Influenced by the plants of the family garden at her Sussex home, Tcherepnine developed her artistic abilities through draughtsmanship training in Florence, Italy. She moved to New York in 1968 and developed her garden floral painting techniques. She also made detailed studies of greenhouse plants in the east coast states. This was followed by regular visits to the Caribbean to study its flora.
Tcherepnine worked for the auction house Christie's between 1966 and 1980, both in London and New York. She has held a number of solo exhibitions of her work, most recently at the Newhouse Galleries, New York, 1999. She has also contributed artwork to large exhibitions including the American Society of Botanical Artists, at the Horticultural Society of New York, 1999.
Collections of her work are held at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, The Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library, London, and private collections in America, Europe and the Middle East.
She is now a Director of The Horticultural Society of New York and a director of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
The flower in this untitled drawing has been identified as SOLANACEAE Solandra sp. 'Cup of Gold'.
This is the only known Tcherepnine drawing in the collection at the Natural History Museum.
This drawing has not previously been displayed to the public.
Hobhouse Limited (1986) Jessica Tcherepnine: Tuesday 20
May to Saturday 7 June, 1986. [Sale catalogue of the exhibition].