Jo original artwork

The main focus of Jo’s practice is the character of Orkney’s landscape. Recurring themes in her work are rhythm, time, movement, surface, light and a sense of space. She often presents her work in series, creating a personal fingerprint of a place.

Jo’s research always starts with walking, soaking in the feeling of the landscape and the weather of the particular day. Using a combination of memory, on site sketches and photographs she creates her finished work in her studio. Drawing is at the heart of her practice and the medium she chooses to work in (whether it is oils, pencil, chalk pastel, ink or tapestry) depends on the idea or feeling she wants to capture.

Although the main body of Jo’s work is expressive, representational landscape, she also has another body of work which is more abstracted and layered. She often explores themes within the landscape which investigate the identity and character of a place in relation to time, such as mapping tidal lines on a shore over a season.

More of Jo’s work and studio can be seen at her blog ...