Hi, my name is Jo. I am an artist and this is a record of my adventures in art. I have high functioning autism which means that, as well as struggling with some aspects of my life, I also see, think and experience life a little differently sometimes. In fact high functioning autism can help with some things as well as hinder with others. I was only diagnosed in 2015 after a 6 month period of evaluation and tests with the NHS. It’s been really helpful for me to get this diagnosis because it helps me understand why I’m a bit different sometimes and why I have so much trouble with some things which most folk find really easy and yet find other things easy which most folks find hard.
I really love lots of different kinds of art. Originally I painted contemporary acrylic abstracts using very bright colours, which I see as friendly, and bold shapes which feel straight-forward and genuine to me. Then I went through a period of drawing animal portraits in charcoal. Nowadays I am exploring digital art, comic art, manga, gouache and ink illustrations, as well as getting deeper into acrylics and watercolour.
I’m a huge fan of comic books, especially Judge Dredd and Star Wars. I love all of the artwork associated with Megacity One and my favourite galaxy far far away. With Judge Dredd I love Cam Kennedy’s work and Ron Smith’s most of all. With Star Wars I enjoy everything from Ralph McQuarrie’s original conceptual art for the first film, to the fabulous work by Dark Horse on the Star Wars comic scene, to the 3D animation of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, to the new Marvel comic artwork with the amazing and rather odd new character, Aphra. I’m also into comics from World of Warcraft, DragonAge and other Fantasy D&D comic series.
I’m also like some Manga and Anime – especially Bakuman, Bleach, Picasso and Naruto. My favourites though are Planetes by Makoto Yukimura and Brody’s Ghost by Mark Crilley (which is an OEM). I think they’re both sublime.
I would one day like to sell my art again, or work as an illustrator, but for now just ‘doing art’ is enough. 🙂
When I’m not doing arty stuff I am also a mum, a committed Christian, a qualified teacher and a software engineer. I’m working part-time in KS1 special needs teaching at the moment.
Unless otherwise specified on each page, all images on this site are copyrighted to Jo Fox 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017. No permission is given for commercial use of any kind. If you’d like to use any image for non-profit purposes please contact me via the comments explaining what you’d like to do and I’ll be happy to sort something out. Without explicit written permission though all rights are reserved. Thanks!