My studio/gallery, Lanacre Barn Gallery, and home, are high up on the moor, commanding glorious views across the River Barle, with all the inspiration an artist could need right there at my fingertips.
“Design in Nature” is what I am continually searching for, and recently my discovery of various tree circles and special tree groups has led me to produce a series of ‘Tree Top’ photographs which you can find on this website.
I am particularly interested in the relationship between trees when they are standing close together, how they give each other space to breath and form wonderful patterns in their highest branches.
At this time I am also continuing to explore with ink and watercolour and have recently done a course in woodcut printing at West Dean, being taught by the brilliant Merlyn Chesterman. She brought her work to Lanacre Barn Gallery in September, along with Judith Westcott, Julia Manning and Ian Phillips and all the works of Pine Feroda, it was a thrilling show!
I also work with charcoal, pastel, oil and mixed media in my attempts to express the ever changing and invigorating landscape I love so much.
Since 2012 I have organised exhibitions in my gallery, a converted barn on a working farm. They are usually held in conjunction with Somerset Art Week, and more recently with Devon Art Trek, a two week event every Sep/Oct. I have also started having a pre-Christmas show around the end of November.
I find artists who’s work I like and respect and ask them to join me, trying particularly to promote those that live on Exmoor, and others, who although not local, share my passion for the moor. I have continued the main theme of ‘Exmoor’ and the N.Devon/Somerset coast throughout, thereby creating a gallery for Exmoor. I also like to involve one or sometimes two emerging artists, of all ages.
EXHIBITIONS – that Jo has been in, past, present and future
Lanacre Barn Gallery – with Celia Minoprio and Marian Lloyd
Lanacre Barn Gallery – “Exmoor Through the Eyes of Eight Artists” – with Ann Le Bas, Hilary Adair, Pauline Clyde, Donna Crook, Luke Martineau, Rosie MacCurrach and Veronica Clegg.
Lanacre Barn Gallery – solo during Somerset Open Studios
Lanacre Barn Gallery – with Pine Feroda, Judith Westcott, Caroline MacMillan-Davey, Rosie MacCurrach and Celia Minoprio
No.4 The Gallery Bampton – solo show
Contains Art Watchet – “The way we see it”, curated by Andy Davey
Contains Art Watchet – “Find a Tree” with Gordon Field
Illminster Art Centre – Won the “peoples choice” in photographic competition
Illminster Art Centre – Photographic joint exhibition
Lanacre Barn Gallery – Somerset Open Studios
Lanacre Barn Gallery “Exmoor to the Sea” – with Luke Martineau, Leo Davey, Miranda Johnston, Jessamy Keily and Louis Down
Exmoor Society headquarters – solo show
Simonsbath Art Festival – joint show
Dartington – representing the Exmoor Art Society
Messums Wiltshire – in their “Material Wood” show
Lanacre Barn Gallery – Somerset Open Studios with Louis Down
Lanacre Barn Gallery – Christmas show with Luke Martineau, Leo Davey, Jessamy Keily, Ann Le Bas, Louis Down, Veronica Clegg, Rosie MacCurrach, Judith Westcott, Pine Feroda
The Regal Theatre Minehead, and the Toucan cafe – during The Literary Festival
Delamore Art Festival – joint show
Exmoor Society, solo for May and June
Simonsbath Art Festival May 31st – June 16th
Lanacre Barn Gallery – September 21st – October 6th with Pine Feroda, Merlyn Chesterman, Julia Manning, Ian Phillips and Judith Westcott
Lanacre Barn Gallery – Pre-Christmas Show November 23rd – December 1st With Exmoor printmaker Luna North, Exmoor Artist Leo Davey, Exmoor potter Russell Kingston, painter and printmaker Deborah Hudson, photographer Louis Down and wood artist Molly Rasch.
Lynmouth Exmoor National Parks Centre – joint exhibition during February and March
The Trees of Exmoor and Dartmoor – with The Arborealists at the Somerset Museum Taunton in May
Rosemoor – RHS – September exhibition