Jo is an artist living and working in Bisley, near Woking. Having trained at Winchester School of Art and Kingston University, Jo graduated in 1996 with an MA in Fine Art. Jo taught painting and drawing both privately and as an adult education tutor for over a decade, before deciding to take the plunge and go full-time as an artist. Jo now exhibits her work in galleries throughout the UK and abroad. She continues to uses her expertise as a tutor to write about painting and has recently had several articles published in The Artist magazine.
From seascapes to wildlife Jo’s inspiration is varied, but she has a particular passion for painting the city and its people. Taking full advantage of living close to a big city, she takes frequent trips to London where she is able to observe and photograph people going about their daily lives. Some of Jo’s favourite places include popular tourist attractions such as The South Bank, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden or anywhere where people congregate. Influenced by artists such as Pissarro, Hopper and Lowry, Jo’s work can be ambitious in both scale and complexity, encouraging the viewer to take a second look and get involved in the many characters and the stories they tell. Jo’s images are bright and contemporary and whilst she works in a variety of media she particularly enjoys acrylic for its speed and flexibility.
Jo is a member of many art societies including Woking, Guildford and Farnham. She has also been fortunate to have won several prizes and has in recent years been shortlisted for several major prizes including BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year (2011), Surrey Artist of the Year (2011), and Artist and Illustrators artist of the Year (2013 and 2014).