Lives in Teddington and has been exhibiting in and around the capital since 1998. She trained with various established tutors, such as Francis Bowyer and Salliann Putnam, and now works primarily with local artist groups in the West London area. Her work is figurative and in recent years the human figure has been her primary inspiration. She is known for her life drawings in watercolour and ink. 'I very much enjoy working with life models and I try to convey, through the fluidity of the ink or watercolour, the essence of the pose. Because of the medium itself, there is always an element of the unexpected, over which I have little control. Even when working in other media, such as oils or acrylic, I like to work fairly fast, so that the picture retains a degree of spontaneity and freshness'.
Jo was born in Southern Rhodesia.
She returned to England in 1954. She attended the Ballet Rambert School and went on to work as a professional dancer until 1972.
After retiring from dancing she changed her career and went to work for the fashion designer Issey Miyake and stayed with the London company for 17 years, during which time she was greatly influenced by Issey, his meticulous attention to detail 'line' and presentation.
Jo started her art training in 1994. Whilst working she was able to attend courses at Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art. Her figurative life studies capture the feeling and mood of the model with the simplest of lines.
She is known for her 'Dancers' and for capturing movement. The 'Dancing Lines' series are frequently drawn from 'live' dancing figures, the lines take on the music. These figures are an interpretation of a love of dancing, a love of music, movement and a sense of fun.
Jo has exhibited her work since 1997 and is successful in the UK, America and in Italy. Galleries, Art Movement, The Affordable Art Fair, 20/21 International Art Fair, The Fountain Gallery, Hampton Court.
Originally trained as a jeweller Rachel turned her attention to sculpting the human form in the unusual medium of wire, expressing the emotional dynamics of human nature. Her work can be found in several galleries across the UK and Europe and private commissions globally.