I have always wanted to be an Artist ever since I was a little Girl; I loved my books such as the Old Bear books and Shirley Hughes and would stare at the Illustrations.
I grew up with many pets such as Cats, Dogs, Rabbits, Hamsters and Fish and I would draw them where they were asleep, (the only time they kept still) even the Cat on my business logo was modelled on my Cat Posy.
I studied at Bournville School of Art and Design, and then I went on to study a BA with honours in Illustration at Coventry University.
In 2008 with the help from The Princes Trust I set up Jenna Catton Illustrations, taking on commissions and selling my prints and greeting cards.
I also studied Teaching for post compulsory Education and I have taught students on a one to one basis, at College, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools. I have also worked as a Facilitator leading Arts and Crafts workshops at Shopping Centres and Charities, looking at local communities and their History.
In 2010 I wanted to use my Artwork as a form of Entertainment, and after much thought I realised that using a Projector I could display my Illustrations and tell a Story alongside it. I Painted Illustrations for a Story I had written myself, about a naughty Hamster and I also created Illustrations for “The Little Red Hen” I went out to Libraries and Nurseries to Show Children my work, and received a very positive reaction.
In 2013 I joined The Traditional Arts Team in Birmingham, and went along to workshops and joined in with Pop up Storytelling events to enhance the Oral part of my Storytelling.
I have now been telling Stories since 2013 to a many different Audiences and with many different themes, using Traditional Storytelling methods as well as using my Art and Illustration, it allows me to be creative in a different way and discover a world full of Stories that really inspires my work.