Jo trained in Fine Art at the University of Reading before gaining a postgraduate qualification at Birmingham City University.  Her creative, illustration and design practices were developed alongside her extensive lecturing and teaching career in London and the Midlands.

Her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and internationally. She had her first major solo show at the Scottish Ornithologists Club in Aberlady, Scotland, is a regular exhibitor at the international Bird Fair in Rutland, and has work in many private collections.

Jo’s work responds to her dual identity as nature-lover and city-dweller. The majority of her imagery is based on our native and visiting birds, those we see in and around our homes and gardens, but she uses techniques such as stencilling and digital technologies more associated with urban life.

As a painter-printmaker Jo’s work is experimental in its process.  She works in a variety of media exploring qualities of mark-making, texture and colour.  She draws inspiration from the linear qualities of Chinese brush painting, calligraphy, and the colours and patterns of her local environment. 

Exhibitions

  • Oog Vor Natuur, Netherlands
  • Mall Galleries London - ING Discerning Eye
  • Mall Galleries London - Society of Wildlife Artists
  • New Networks for Nature, Stamford
  • Birdscapes Gallery, Norfolk
  • International BirdFair, Rutland
  • RSPB York
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - 30 Years of Birmingham Printmakers
  • The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Hereford
  • Buckinghamshire County Museum
  • Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
  • Botanical Gardens, Birmingham
  • ArtsFest Birmingham
  • Dudley Museum and Art Gallery
  • Bond Gallery, Birmingham
  • No8 Community Arts Centre, Pershore
  • Stratford Leisure Centre
  • Pitt Gallery Worcester - Worcester Open Exhibition
  • Red House Cone, Stourbridge
  • Artrix, Bromsgrove

Commissions

  • Bass Brewers
  • University of Birmingham
  • HeadLand Consultancy, London
  • SuperRod, Abergavenny
  • Mamamio – illustrations for packaging designs
  • Essensuals, Birmingham
  • Ark of Oundle, images for charity Christmas cards
  • Jury's Inn Hotel, Birmingham
  • Freeths solicitors, Birmingham
  • North York Moors Ecological Data Centre NEYDEC
  • Steve Race Wildlife Photographer
  • Birding the Islands
  • My prints and cards of Birmingham are on sale at the Symphony Hall Shop
 

Waxwings in Sea Buckthorn
Mixed media painting on card. 44cm x 44cm.
Unframed fine art giclée print. Limited edition of 50.