Born in Suffolk in 1955, Tessa Newcomb is the daughter of the artist Mary Newcomb. She attended the Norwich School of Art from 1972 and received a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Bath Academy of Art in 1976. In 1977 she attended a course on printmaking at the Wimbledon School of Art.
The Suffolk countryside and country events feature predominantly in Newcomb’s paintings. She also produced jacket illustrations for Julia Blackburn’s Daisy in the Desert and the paperback edition of The Emperor’s East Island. She lives in Suffolk with her two children.