Having worked in the fashion industry for many years Jo joined Pica studios in 2018 having promised herself that she would paint and draw when semi retired.
She studied Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham art college and then went on to a post graduate degree in clothing technology. Jo then worked as a designer in industry and then when she moved to York taught fashion at Bradford College.
When the opportunity arose in the 1980's Jo opened a shop 'Showspace' in Micklegate York for which she designed her own collections. As the business expanded she moved to a larger premises and also bought in collections and accessories from some of the most innovative and individual designers from this country and overseas. Subsequently she worked in fashion retail management until 2016.
Jo has been a 'fair weather ' painter mostly when on holiday and attended workshops over the years prior to joining the studio on retirement. Her medium is mostly watercolour using bright loose and bold colours. This refers to her interest in pattern but also architecture. She recently worked on images of Leeds Grand Theatre and York Minster during the 'Northern Lights' light show in 2019.
Jo also loves flowers and works on free semi abstract representations again with a textile influence.
She works initially from studies in pencil to explore the form and structure and then simplifies and constructs 'designs' and finally adds colour in a limited palate much as a textile designer.
Jo loves exploring by drawing and prior to the Kings Quire Screen at York Minster being covered (for restoration work of the organ) she drew the entire screen of kings with the intention to reduce and reproduce as a print.
Jo is happiest working in a studio environment and the interaction and energy within.