I am based in Cornwall UK.
I was taught at A ‘level’ by Newlyn School artist Vincent Wilson, my work has self-developed since.
My work is predominantly figurative. The wonderful thing about people is that there is no such thing as an 'ordinary' person...everyone is extraordinary in their own way. I love the quirks and details that make someone stand out from the next person. I love detail, be it fabrics, patterns, or styles, blemishes, scars, folds, creases, skin tones.
I paint with oils, they have a wonderful silky fluidity that suits my work. I like to use fairly broad brush strokes and keep areas of tone defined rather than blended – it seems more descriptive, fresh, and expressive.
I have twice featured in Sky Art Portrait Artist of the Year, with one of my images ( not pretty but pretty honest) being selected to appear over and over in a huge installation of a portrait of The Mona Lisa on Clapham Common, London following series one, and with Parminder Nagra choosing my portrait to take home with her in my second series.
I have exhibited extensively in the Southwest both with solo exhibitions and as part of collectives.
As well as producing work to sell through galleries, I also regularly paint private commissions and am always very pleased to discuss requests and ideas.
2020 ‘Into The Light’ Plymouth, UK
2019 'On The Face Of It' solo show TRP Gallery, UK
2018 Atelier an der Donau, Ybbs, Austria...residency
2018 'Future Pathways' Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2018 'Celebrate Life', The Harbour House, Kingsbridge, Devon. UK
2017 ' String of Theories' Cube 3, Gallery, UK
2016 'Fleshy' solo exhibition. Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK.
2016 Forms of Consciousness, Cube3 Gallery, Devon.
2015 'Unconscious Dialogue' exhibition, Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth.
2015 'Portraiture' juried exhibition, Linus Gallery, Pasadena,CA
2014 'Plymouth Adorned' Theatre Royal Gallery, Devon. Solo portrait exhibition.
2013 Featured in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of The Year
2013 'In Bloom' Redearth Gallery, Bickleigh, Devon.
2013 The Saltash Ferryman unveiled. Jo is part of the team that created a Heritage Lottery Funded public sculpture to conserve the history of the ferry that crossed the Tamar at Saltash for over 900 years.
2013 Versions Of You, Milk No Sugar, Brighton Fringe Festival, UK
2013 Trerise Gallery, Plymouth, UK
2012 Trerise Gallery Open Art Competition, Plymouth, UK - Jo takes first prize with "Slice of Phoebe" portrait
2012 Ashtorre Rock, Saltash, Cornwall, UK
2011 Saltash Library, Cornwall, UK
2009 Artstyle Show, Cotehele House, Cornwall, UK
2008 Drawn To The Valley group exhibition, Mount Edgecumbe, Cornwall, UK
2008 Upton Cross Open Art Show, Cornwall, UK
2008 Saltash Library, Cornwall, UK
2005 Stuart House Open Art Competition, Liskeard, Cornwall, UK
1999 Town Hall Open Art Competition, Liskeard, Cornwall, UK
1994 Theatre Royal, Plymouth, UK