Jo Barber

Jo is an artist from County Durham, where she is a teacher and mum to two small children - though she loves nothing more than retreating to her garden shed to paint. With a background in fine art, her passion is for drawing and mark making. Her current mixed media work is inspired by the beautiful coastlines and landscapes of the North.

Creating them is a slow process, involving painting then repainting. Each piece combines many different materials, to form the layers, such as graphite, varnish, coffee, iron powder, sand and clay.

This accumulation of marks and textures allows Jo to create surfaces which convey a sense of history and place, hinting at long forgotten memories and capturing a moment in time of the ever-changing story of the vast, dramatic landscape.

Main image: North Sea. See more of Jo's work below and via the links.

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Alnmouth II






Northern Skies


Out to Sea