About Jo's Work

The majority of my paintings are created on canvas using colour washes, overlain with areas of impasto. The initial stage of many works is akin to action painting, taking controlled risks and sometimes just relying on chance. The physical process of working with poured washes, dripping and splashing is unpredictable at worst and revelatory at best. Textural quality in my work is of considerable significance and I like to experiment with different techniques and media. For example, to recreate surfaces such as stone, I exploit a variety of techniques and materials, such as sand, wax, and sgraffito. A commonly used compositional technique includes the juxtaposition of large, loose colour washed areas with tighter, realistic features and embellishment. Whatever the subject matter, I make certain aesthetic judgments by removing the superfluous, and focusing on what is important at the time, to varying degrees of abstraction.

I find it intensely satisfying to acknowledge the beauty of things that are commonplace and randomly discovered. My intention as an artist is to raise the viewer's appreciation of the intricacies and beauty of life, decay and our world and how it is fine-tuned over time- a glimpsed moment captured in time


Brief Biography

Jo grew up in North East Lincolnshire.

Degree in Fine Art at Coventry University (graduating 1991).

PGCE (Art and Design), University of Central England (1996).

Self-employed artist, adult education tutor and workshop leader since 2003.

Member of Loughborough Artspace since 2005.

Elected onto Leicester Society of Artists 2007.

Has tutored Hoby Art Group weekly since 2010.

Worked as a WEA art tutor from 2007 to 2014.

Works at Loughborough University as an art tutor (since 2014).

Exhibits frequently throughout the midlands in solo shows, small and large group shows, and holds open studio events twice a year.


Perhaps you've seen something in my archive of sold works that you like, or you know exactly the kind of thing you're after, and my style of work fits the bill?

I regularly produce work to commission. This may sound scary but it's is actually a very straight-forward process. With regular communication and discussion, you remain (if you so choose) to be involved throughout the process, so that there are no unwanted surprises at the end. I am happy to record the artwork as it develops (for your approval), making this an interactive and collaborative process.

Please note that as a guarantee of intent to purchase, I will require an initial deposit at commencement of work (usually 25%) and the remainder becomes due prior to final delivery.

If you are interested in potentially commissioning work, do not hesitate to contact me - we can talk through ideas and I will provide an indication of anticipated cost and timescales.

Limited Edition Prints

Many of my paintings (sold and unsold) are available as limited edition, archive quality prints at lower cost than purchasing the original artwork. Please contact me for further information and prices.

Customer Feedback

The following comments are just a small selection from previous customers, to whom I am most grateful (many more available on request). All feedback on either individual paintings, or the website in general, is most appreciated. Please contact me.

"Thanks for organising a fab art day for us on Saturday - I really enjoyed learning new techniques and then having the opportunity to put them into practice. Thanks for being so generous with your time and expertise. We would love to do another day next year!"- Amy (May 2018)

"Thank you for an amazing day of messy fun. It was the perfect balance of techniques and project. I picked up a lot of new ideas and I’m glad you gave us the info sheet so I don’t forget everything we covered.I’m looking forward to booking the next one!"- Claire (May 2018)

"We had Jo come into our school as part of art week and she worked with year 3,4 and 5 children. The children had a wonderful time and produced fantastic art work, which they were so proud of. The teachers commented how hard Jo worked with them and how fantastic she was with the classes- capturing their interests and having a really engaging lesson with them. We also had Jo come into school as part of our staff training on our recent inset day. This was to give some inspirational art ideas for teachers in years 1-6. The teachers commented on how great Jo was, and they came away with some lovely ideas to use with their own children. ." Hannah Townsend, Richard Alderman Hallam (Aug 2016).

"I just wanted to drop you a message to say how delighted we are with the paintings of the highland cattle that you have done for our daughters birthday. She is so pleased with the finished work and you have done so well in fulfilling the brief she gave you. We will certainly be recommending you to our friends and family, and we will see you at your next exhibition." Sue Cleminson (Aug 2015).

"I just thought what can you buy when it comes to buying for a man who has everything? The answer is obvious- a beautiful picture of the country side. Al said that he really likes your picture- that the colours are warm and the field on your left appears to be zooming by. The reflections are and tranquil and eyes are gently drawn up the hill. Thank you." Patsy Whiting (March 2015).

"Jo Sheppard has been a wonderful companion and friend on this project. After taking out a commission to paint a scene for my wife as a Christmas present, Jo has excelled as an artist and visionary to put on canvas what I could only dream of.  Jo has been professional throughout, offering advice and guidance at every step. She has not been too “precious” of her work and has listened to what was asked of her carefully. Jo maintained a constant dialogue, sending pictures of the work in progress and asking “if this is right?” or “should I change that?” throughout the process. She delivered on time and the quality of her work is astounding, I could not have chosen better for something so intimate and personal as a painting for my wife.  I cannot recommend Jo enough." Wayne Smith (Jan 2014).

"Paulette and I greatly enjoyed our visit to your open studio, and meeting you and your colleagues. I think I've just about figured out where we can hang our wonderful new painting!." Mike Kelly (April 2013).

"Thank you for the painting ('Pitt Rivers Ammonite')! I am really pleased with it; and will enjoy trying to find the right spot, with the right light for it on a wall in my home. I love how it looks so different in different lighting levels." Andrea Smethurst (March 2012).

"He LOVES it ('Fern Frond Slab')...it looks beautiful in our home... like it was meant to be here. Thank you." Hayley Fern (October 2011).

"I needed an illustration for a book cover. Jo understood what I wanted within minutes of me talking to her, and I was really happy with the finished drawing. Her communication throughout the whole process was excellent, and the project was completed in super fast time." Paul Dakin (January 2011).

"Just a quick thank you for your speedy dispatch of drawing 'Fragmented Fossil Fish' which was received today. I am delighted with the artwork and have already taken it to be framed. Have added your website to my favourites as would be interested in another in the same style to hang as a pair." Paul Hogarty (June 2010).

"Thank you Jo so much for your work. The painting (commissioned piece 'Textured Abstract') has exactly the feel we were looking for. We love both the colours and the textures you've incorporated. Well worth the wait!". Tahsina (Oct 2009).

"Just to confirm safe receipt of the prints (Orange Wall 2 & 3) and water colour ('Autumnal Landscape') and extra thanks for the additional items and postcards. I can’t wait to complete the dining room where the picture and prints will take pride of place. I’d better starting saving for another painting. Once again many thanks for all your help." John, Denbighshire (March 2009).

"The painting (Ammonite Mass Mortality # 2) looks great and has lots of positive feedback from friends and relations over Christmas." Alison, Rothley (Jan 2009).