Born and raised in the UK Jo trained as a nurse before marrying and migrating to the north of Western Australia. Residing in Port Hedland in the late 1970’s provided an abundance of adventures and experiences, within its vivid and visually exciting landscape.

After the next three years exploring the Perth areas, and inspired by a previous diving trip to Ningaloo, Jo and her family moved to Exmouth for more aquatic adventures.

With little formal arts training and a need for a focus in an isolated community Jo’s initial interest was in textiles. Working for Arts Access and Tafe she found herself teaching screen printing and quilting to people throughout the Gascoyne. In this environment Jo was able to express her passion for the vibrant colours seen in the land and seascapes that surrounded her, and that have become such a recognizable feature of her work.

Though colour has remained a feature of her work, Jo now concentrates on working in oils and has moved into comic cariacature interpretations in her paintings of people and events. The turquoise waters of Ningaloo and Abrolhos Islands as well as the rich pindan soils and waterholes of the north provide recurring backdrops to her ‘Flat Out Relaxing’, ‘Grey Nomads’, vineyard ‘Workers and Owners’ and ‘Fishermen and Jetties’ paintings.