Hailing from Suffolk, Tessa is the daughter of artist Mary Newcomb. She attended Norwich School of Art in 1972 and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Bath Academy of Art in 1976.
Tessa followed this with a course in printmaking at Wimbledon School of Art in 1977, and her first exhibition was also in held in Wimbledon in 1979.
Tessa has exhibited widely in the UK. She lives in Suffolk, and the county features widely in Tess' work.