Jo’s artistic practice has evolved out of a life-long love of the landscape, and many of her paintings are made entirely in and by the waters of rivers and seas using watercolour inks on paper.
Jo trained at the Edinburgh University, Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and the École des Beaux-Arts in Valence, France, and later studied under Maggi Hambling in London. She has held residencies at Westminster Academy, for SureStart and at the École des Beaux-Arts, Valence. She has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows in the UK, and as a freelance educator, Jo teaches regularly at the National Gallery and at Dulwich Picture Gallery. Since 2002 Jo has worked on many of their education programmes, for families, children, community outreach projects and regular drawing workshops.
Jo’s work has also been commissioned by Hermès UK to produce artwork for their shops. Other commissions have included work for Barclays Bank, Twickenham Rugby Stadium, Ashstead Hospital, International Art Consultants and many private clients. She was awarded a ‘Champions for Change’ Millennium grant and her work is part of the Lawrence Graham collection of contemporary art in London and has also featured in many high-profile schemes by the award-winning designers Taylor Howes and TH2 Designs Ltd. Most recently she was commissioned by the Toronto design consultancy Tatar Arts.