Hi, my name is Jo. I am an artist and this is a record of my adventures in art.
I love the visual arts with a passion! I began painting and selling contemporary abstract acrylics around 2002. A year or so later I branched out into digital art, designing CD and book covers, bespoke visual assets for the web (along with the websites they were used on).
Now I tend to focus on ink drawing, watercolour and gouache paintings and digital art.
I have quite an eclectic taste in art, enjoying everything from the old masters to modern comicbooks.
My favourite Artists and Illustrators
In terms of western painters from the past my favourites are Carravaggio Vermeer, Millet, Turner, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Millais, Sorolla, and Bonheur.
I also love Japanese woodblock printing. My favourite woodblock artists are Hokusai, Kawase, Koitsu and Yoshida.
Looking at art from today I like all sorts – everything from Ralph McQuarrie’s and Crash McCreery’s concept art to Ivan Loginov’s portraiture and Kevin Gleeson’s landscapes. I tend to be drawn to realism, concept art, comic art, oils which really capture the play of light on objects and watercolour and gouache paintings especially when they manage to show the essence of their subject in a simple way..
I also really love digital art, especially Daryl Toh, a Malaysian artist I’ve been following for years, Doug Wheatley, the artists on the Star Wars Dark Times comic series, and too many others to name!
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!
When I’m not doing arty stuff I am also a mum (of a wonderful grown up son!), a qualified teacher and a software engineer.
Unless otherwise specified on each page, all images on this site are copyrighted to Jo Fox 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. 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!