Jo Garlick lives in the Yorkshire Dales and is fascinated by all elements of the natural world, especially wildlife. Having both the Dales and the North York Moors on her doorstep has offered plenty of exciting subject matter and with a wealth of stunning landscapes and interesting animals on her doorstep she is never short of inspiration.
Jo’s love of art started at an early age – besides drawing, painting and sculpture which she was naturally drawn to, her father had an old SLR camera which he allowed her to use, and she was fascinated by the many and various results she could get with differing compositions and light. Her interest in photography means that her camera is always at the ready to capture subjects to use in her work. Jo studied at Newcastle University and received an Honours Degree in Fine Art. Since obtaining her degree, she has had work accepted by various galleries in Yorkshire and the North East.
Jo works predominantly in soft pastels and loves the versatility and immediacy of the medium, using it to create vibrant pictures of British wildlife and a broad spectrum of landscapes, inspired by the character and heritage of the area. She loves the flexibility that pastel offers and enjoys experimenting with different techniques and ideas to portray texture, movement and light. A keen interest in both history and walking means that many of the landscapes she is interested in look at life and industry in the Yorkshire Dales.