She was born in Bandon, County Cork, where her father had been Agent to Lord Bandon's Irish estates. Upon retirement, the family moved to Cornwall, buying 'La Pietra' on Paul Hill, Newlyn, the former home of Phil Whiting and his wife Constance Mary BIRCH.
Jessica was keen to learn painting and enrolled at the FORBES SCHOOL in 1901-2. She met Frank Gascoigne HEATH, an artist who had settled locally, having himself studied at the school, and they married in 1910. They set up their home initially in Polperro, and had two children by the time Jessica's father paid for them to build their own home, 'Menwinnion', at Lamorna in 1912. They subsequently had another two children.
In WWI Frank was seriously gassed and his health never fully recovered. With heavy family commitments, looking after their children and assisting Frank, she had very little time for painting, but she did exhibit in the mid 1930s.
Painter in oils of coastal scenes
works and access
Works include: Calm Sea (1936); Carn Barges (1936); Sunshine & Storm (1936); Tregiffian Cliffs (1936)
STISA 1936 and 37 Touring Shows
H Bedford (2009) 'The Heaths' p103, essay on family [in] Hardie 2009 (listed below)
I Green [in] Hardie 2009 Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall p78
Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p211
Newton et al Painting at the Edge
Tovey Creating a Splash
J Wood Hidden Talents