As a child Jo spent a lot of time in the garden observing plants and insects. She cites these formative years as a major influence on the type of work she creates. Her work engages with the landscape from a micro perspective, her inspiration largely drawn from the intricate, textural and often transient details found when observing nature up close, such as the veined texture of a petal or a leaf.
Jo’s affiliation with plants took on new significance after the death of her father, who drowned in 2015. At this time she felt intuitively drawn back to nature as her therapeutic companion, and she started gardening and creating artwork within her garden in response to her grief. Botanical impressions and motifs in Jo's work continue to reference personal themes of connection, belonging, grief and hope.
Jo studied a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts and French) at the University of Newcastle which included a semester of study in La Rochelle, France. She graduated in 2008 and has since exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney. She has work held in private collections around Australia and overseas.