Jo is a retired art teacher who now paints almost every day in her studio in Chester. She is inspired by places she has visited, whether it be walking in the Lake District or New Zealand. Colour, mood and the general impression of a situation provide information to use as a starting point. But, she works intuitively and some paintings contain strong figurative references whilst others are abstract.
Walking along coastal paths has always been a popular activity and the paintings in this exhibition are based on the coastlines in the North of Scotland, Suffolk and Cornwall.
There is a tranquil and often-secret quality when one finds a hidden cove, as well as a mystery about what will be around the next corner. Depending on the season, weather and time of day, the mood can be very contrasting and can change quickly. Clouds and mists can produce an ambiguity, and Jo is always inspired by the dramatic qualities of light.
Sketches and notes are made on site but the memory of a situation and the feeling of having been there always produces rich imagery.
Jo’s paintings are exhibited in galleries across the country. She shows regularly in open exhibitions including the Royal Cambrian Academy and was commended for an outstanding body of work in the Great North Art Show Ripon. She is always excited by the paintings of Peter Lanyon, Michael Porter and recently Elizabeth Eardley.