Jo Ashby

Jo Ashby

Jo Ashby trained at Bournville School of Art, Birmingham; the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and at Goldsmith’s College, University of London. Jo is also an art tutor and offers day & weekend workshops for adults. Jo was elected as an associate of the RBSA in 2004. Dividing her time between studios in London and on Sherkin Island off West Cork, Jo has exhibited widely in both countries and has work in private and public collections in the UK, Ireland and Europe, Canada and the USA. She firmly places her work within the Romantic Landscape tradition, working on intense and prolonged series of particular places or areas. In her early career, these were Wales, the West Midlands and Cornwall, but for the past twenty years it has been the coast and landscape of West Cork and Kerry that have absorbed her. “Although I carry a sketch book with me everywhere, and will make visual notes of the places I visit, I need a longer and closer relationship with places before I can decide how and what I want to express in my work. I need to know a place, observe it in different seasons and weathers, to understand it better before I can start to paint.” The patterns and rhythms of the sea and landscape, from waves to rock formations, are also central to her work, which all start with copious drawings. However, Jo also engages in other and very specific projects, such as her ongoing series of works based on the ruins and old dry stone walls on Sherkin or the inter-relationship between nature and industry along the Thames estuary near her UK home in SE London.