Jo’s love of landscape and the natural world really came to the fore when studying fine art at the University of Leeds, based in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Her work is devoted to rural themes and the minutiae of the smaller wildlife and flora that populate it. Living in a small village in the south of England, her garden, planted to attract wildlife, is her main source of inspiration.
Jo’s lifestyle choices directly impact on the work she makes and there is a nostalgic element to both – concentrating on the simple, essential daily things which surround her. Jo hoards small, quiet moments of interest: the sighting of a particular bird or insect, the striking shape in a landscape, or the particular colour of the sky over the churchyard. These turn into ideas for paintings and are stored, sketched and remebered. The paintings combine observation and ideas which allows the act of painting itself to determine the outcome. With her carefully controlled yet glowing palette, Jo’s work follows a well established British tradition of intimate rural still-lives – but she brings her own deeply considered and refreshing vision to the genre. She has exhibited her work in galleries throughout the UK including the Rowley Gallery, Kensington, the Gold Gallery, Dundas Street, Edinburgh and Charleston House in Sussex and is fast establishing her reputation as an original and highly sensitive artist. We are really thrilled to be showing her work for the first time.