About Jo Bingham
Having enjoyed a successful career in the United Kingdom as an artist, illustrator and art tutor, Joanne has been building her reputation within Australia as an accomplished and experienced artist, and more recently as a workshop facilitator and tutor. Although she specialises in animals, she has been working with an artisan food company for some time on a variety of projects and designs, including a range of food and drink themed illustrations which have been featured on their website.
She began her art career in graphite, watercolours and oil paints, learning through mistakes and successes, honing her skills, trying different brands of paint, brushes and surfaces in order to achieve the most lifelike and realistic portraits that she could. The discovery of the versatility of coloured pencils is a fairly recent and exciting one, and she is still pushing their boundaries with every new picture to find out what they can do. Jo's most recent works are experimental pen drawings, still based in realism, but full of life and colour.
The thread running through each new medium is one of quality and consistency, each one lending itself to new and innovative techniques. Coloured pencils and graphite can be layered, blended and used with other media to produce a wide range of textures – particularly suited to fur and eyes. Pen and ink allows for spontaneity and definition, bringing a contemporary and illustrative finish to pictures. If you are unsure which medium or style you are looking for, take time to browse the gallery and pick out which ones particularly appeal to you.
Jo is still a member of Art Connect Inc (in Maleny), a not-for-profit organisation supporting excellence in the arts, and was one of the artists featured in Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2021, but having recently relocated to Cairns she is excited to have joined the Cairns Art Society. Jo is enjoying exploring her new home and finding out what creative outlets and activities Cairns has to offer.