Jo grew up in the Eastern Bay of Plenty where easy access to the sweeping East Coast beaches ingrained lasting impressions of and a great respect for the beauty and wonder of nature.
Jo is a self-taught artist, residing in rural South Auckland. She has worked as an illustrator, explored the realm of soft stone sculpture and has also painted murals, enjoying the challenges that working with a large space brings. Jo enjoys using gouche, but at this point in time she works predominantly in acrylic.
Jo is interested in the extraordinary perfection present in nature. The superb detail within it that you can only see when you look closely – in particular, a fascination with the sea, sand and shellfish. Her work is a study between the delicate patterns and textures in nature and the contrast of its vibrant colours and the sweeping canvases of its seas. This presents it’s own challenges with regards to composition and perspective.