Jo Blaker is an artist & illustrator, based on the edge of the West Yorkshire moors.
Jo produces lively yet harmonious images that move & inspire. Her work captures moments of wonder, which occur through connection with nature, creativity & community. A soft minimalist with a love of the handmade Jo’s work combines rich & playful mark making with a design sensibility that favours harmony, balance & clarity. Jo predominantly works by hand, employing any process or material that will create the lush tones, textural marks or bold, fluid sweeps that she seeks. The results are images that capture the calming flow or the vibrant swell of organic or emotional energy. The playful & thoughtful use of language in her work is informed by a continuous reading habit of nature based writing & artistic biographies.
Since 2018, Jo has produced her own line of hand made prints & illustrated paper products, as well as creating bespoke window drawings.
Naturally playful, curious & experimental Jo’s formal art/design education encompassed photography, drawing, print-making, typography & illustration, on cross-disciplinary courses culminating in MA Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art (2009 - 2011).
Jo shares her passion for drawing & creativity with people of all ages, through projects, workshops & resources. Regular clients include The Hepworth Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park & Harewood House. Jo is a keen supporter of conservation, having previously worked for the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds), Trees for Cities & the Woodland Trust. In 2019 Jo set up a local group to promote the work of nature based organisations in her area & in 2020 hopes to begin using her artwork to generate funds for conservation.
Tel +(44) 7793 744 577