Jo is the first UK colour changing resin artist. She has been selling professionally since 2016, has had many commissions and has already gained interest from galleries. She was born in Plymouth and still lives in the beautiful south coast of Devon. A contemporary self-taught artist who is heavily influenced by her rural upbringing, she explores themes around nature. Her passion for understanding the human mind led her to study Psychology at Cardiff University and she went on to work with vulnerable people for over 15 years. She attributes focussing on the needs and feelings of others as inspiration for much of her work. Jo has trained in stained glass and jewellery making and uses some of the techniques she learnt to create her paintings.
Jo and her husband built their home 3 years ago. After having their second child, she is now able to work from home in her studio enabling her to spend more time with her children and reconnect with her lifelong love of painting.
Jo loves experimenting and is excited to see how her style will develop. Her aim is to make you smile and take you to a happy place. She loves the use of colour and how it can influence how you feel. Colour is nature’s signalling system and she is fascinated how it can affect behaviour.
To create her beautiful paintings she uses acrylics, mixed media and resin. There are many different processes she uses to create a painting and a lot of her work is done outside. She uses a mixture of tools to create layers including brushes, pallet knives, toothbrushes, sponges, straws, sand paper, a blow torch and her hands! She adds crystals, metal leaf, fine glitter, iridescent powder and fibre in the resin to add depth and interesting aspects.
Jo has recently started using semi-precious and precious stones in some of her work as she is interested in the healing properties of crystals and is also experimenting with pressed flowers. She uses a multi layered approach, drawing the viewer into the depth and having the desire to touch the painting. Each piece is original and unique and is finished with a final coat of high gloss resin giving a glass effect.