Jo's journey into art and painting began at home as both her parents were practicing artists and art teachers. Throughout her career Jo been drawn to the sea, beginning with family holidays in Devon and Cornwall and for the past quarter of a century the focus of her subject matter has been Sherkin Island, County Cork, and the coast and landscape of West Cork and Kerry


  • Bournville School of Art, University of Birmingham (1979-80)

  • The Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford (1981- 84)

  • Goldsmith’s College, University of London (1985-86)

Jo spent over thirty years working in education whilst continuing with her professional art career. She has worked in special & mainstream education; taught in adult art education; tutored art groups and led residential art workshops. She returned to full-time painting in 2013.

Selected solo exhibitions in the UK and Ireland include:
Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (1984)
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead (2001)
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham (2003)
Helmsley Arts Centre, Helmsley, Yorkshire (2003)
Stark Gallery, London (2004)
The Warren Gallery, Castletownsend, Co Cork (2006, 2008)
The Stour Gallery, Shipston-upon-Stour, Warwickshire (2009)
Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole, Co Cork (2011, 2013, 2017)
The Grejczik Gallery, Scarborough, Yorkshire (2016)
Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob, Co Cork (2016, 2017)

Selected group exhibitions in UK and Ireland include:
Helios Gallery, Birmingham (1984)
Artmonsky Arts at AAF, London (2002)
Camberwell Arts, London (2002)
The Private Collector Gallery, Innishannon, Co Cork (2002-2005)
The Mall Galleries, London (2003)
Café Projects, The Gallery, London (2003)
Art Ireland with Stark Gallery (2004) and the Warren Gallery (2007),
Skylark Gallery, London (2004)
Stark Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair, London, Bristol and Dublin (2004 – 2006)
The Iverni Gallery, Kenmare (2004-2006)
Karen Taylor Galleries, London (2005)
Jeannie Avent Gallery, London (2006)
Tramyard Gallery, Dublin (2006)
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London (2006)
Tramyard Gallery, Dublin (2006)
The Warren Gallery, Castletownshend and Dublin (2006 – 200
Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead (2007, 2012)
The Store Gallery, London (2008)
Kilkenny Arts Festival, Kilkenny (2009)
West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen, Co Cork (2015, 2017)
West Cork Creates, Cork Airport (2017)
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham (2001-2014, 2016-2018)
West Cork Creates, Skibbereen (2016-2018)
The Stour Gallery, Shipston-upon-Stour, Warwickshire (2002 – 2018)
Sherkin Island (2015-2018)
Aisling Gallery, Ballydehob (2018)
Hungry Hill Gallery, Adrigole (2009 – 2018)

Jo has work in public and private collections in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.

Awards, Prizes and Residencies:

2004: Elected Associate member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists

2004: First Prize: Royal Birmingham of Artists Prize Exhibition

2006: Highly commended: Dulwich Picture Gallery Prize exhibition

2015: Cil Rialaig Artist Residency, Co Kerry

2019: Tyrone Guthrie Arts Residency Centre, Co Monaghan

Artist in Residence: Open Ear Festival, Sherkin Island, 2017, 2018