PROFILE

Jo profile
Jo trained as a graphic designer, she now lives and works in Hampshire. Since technology has increasingly dominated the process of design she has enjoyed returning to painting which is where she began, relishing the freedom and opportunity to express herself creatively, explore ideas and ‘get her hands dirty’ again.
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Jo’s expressive charcoals are the basis of her work; she finds the freedom of drawing produces unexpected exciting results which she then translates into paint in her studio. Working in acrylic, oils and mixed media. She finds inspiration and energy in organic shapes. Currently she is abstracting subject matter from landscapes, seascapes and figures; the South Downs and North Cornish Coastline are particular sources of inspiration. “My work is all about experiencing a place not about representing it; my emotions and reactions to where I am and what I am looking at are an important part of creating a painting – something unexpected often reveals itself in the process of working.”

She is one of ‘Just Four Contemporary Artists’, a group of 4 female artists who work and exhibit together. This creative collaboration has made her brave and freed her to take risks which she finds exciting and releasing. As a group they have exhibited together in Cork Street, London; at The Affordable Art Fair, Bristol; at The Brighton Art Fair; The Late November Gallery in Pembrokeshire; City Space in Winchester; Jardinique in Hampshire and at The Tabernacle in Nottinghill, London. This year they are exhibiting together at The Rock Institute, Rock, Cornwall with Valency Fine Art hosting the exhibition from June 24th to July 1st, and have been invited to exhibit at The Palm Tree Gallery in Portobello Road, London in November 2018.

Additionally Jo has started to exhibit more widely as well, recently at: The Padstow Gallery, Padstow; Nadia Waterfield Fine Art, Hampshire; The Wykeham Gallery, Stockbridge; Jane Reeves Gallery, Padstow; Quiddity Fine Art, Andover; The Flint Gallery, Blakeney; Driftwood Contemporary Gallery, Padstow. Studio 53 Salisbury 2015; Gabriel Fine Art, London 2015; AFAS, The Mall Galleries, London; Hampshire Open Studios; Wessex GoLD Changing Perspectives Exhibition, Winchester; The Stillwell Art Group; The Art Hangar, St James, London, and Hampshire Artists Cooperative.

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