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'Brilliant' young artist is found dead 'after seizure'.

Byline: Tom Bedford

A"BRILLIANT" young artist was found dead at her home just weeks after graduating and landing the job of her dreams.

Police are investigating but Jess Knowles, 26, is believed to have died from a mystery seizure in her flat.

Tributes flooded in for the budding artist who dreamed of showing her work in the Tate Gallery.

Her heartbroken father David Knowles said: "She was about to take up a residency at the School of Art in Cyprus. I had bought her plane ticket and she was really looking forward to it. All we know is that she had some sort of seizure, she'd had one before, and had complained of a flickering behind her eyes."

Jess had always loved painting but was a late starter at art school, enrolling on a Fine Art BA degree course at Coleg Sir Gar Trinity St David in Carmarthen.

Her company director father said: "She fell in love with Carmarthen, she liked rain and wet weather and they have a lot of that there.

"Jess was an intelligent, crazy, loving, caring, funny girl.

"She always had a fascination for the off-beat, the weird and wonderful anything that wasn't quite normal."

Jess, who grew up in Cheltenham, was also a committed environmentalist who was concerned about global warming, sustainability and Green issues.

Mr Knowles, 57, said: "She was such a talented and passionate artist with so much potential. We went to the Tate Gallery in London just a few weeks ago - that was a precious time together. We went to her degree show in Carmarthen and later to her graduation ceremony at the Scarlets rugby stadium.

"Then we had a call to say Jess had been found dead. It was sudden, has shocked us to the core and life will never be the same again without her. We are all heartbroken."

Jess, the oldest of four children, was due to fly to Cyprus on September 20 and was staying on in her flat where she was found dead.

She planned to take her Masters in Fine Art next year and was looking at courses in Cardiff, Bristol and London.

Students arriving for the start of term at Carmarthen School of Art were given the tragic news yesterday.

Head of the School of Art Paula Davies told them: "I am devastated to inform you that our wonderful graduate Jessica Knowles has sadly passed away. Jess was a brilliantly talented painter, so kind and caring, she was greatly loved by staff and students and will be sorely missed.

"On behalf of you all we send our deepest condolences and our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time."

Tributes were paid to the young artist on social media.

Her classmate Cath Fairgrieve said: "Jess touched all our hearts with her infinite kindness and incredible talent to make beautiful paintings. Her smile could light up any rainy day in Carmarthen - such a terrible loss that I can't yet understand."

Jess' tragic death has been reported to the Carmarthenshire coroner but is being treated as natural causes.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said: "We are investigating the death of a 26-year-old woman. Officers attended a residential property on Spilman Street at 3.40pm on Wednesday, August 31. There are no suspicious circumstances."

Mr Knowles and his wife Diane, 58, were yesterday arranging the funeral of their eldest daughter which will be held in Cheltenham.


Jess Knowles dreamed of showing her work in the Tate Gallery

Jess Knowles, 26, is believed to have died from a mystery seizure in her flat
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 13, 2016
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