Jo Dyer is an Australian artist born in Port Fairy, VIC who grew up in Newcastle on the NSW coast. As a child, Jo spent a lot of time in the garden, observing plants and insects. She cites these formative years as a major influence on the type of work she creates, her inspiration largely drawn from the intricate, textural and often transient details found in the natural world. In each work Jo strives to balance the energy of her expressive, gestural marks with more considered, detailed renders, evoking a sense of the bold yet fragile beauty of plants.
Jo studied a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts and French) at Newcastle University which included a semester of study in La Rochelle, France. She graduated in 2008 and has since exhibited her work in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Newcastle, Melbourne and Sydney.
"My art practice provides a means of deepening my appreciation for plants by exploring techniques that evoke a sense of the intricacies that captivate me in the garden. I use mixed media - primarily acrylic paint, chalk pastel, collage and oil stick - to create recurring elements such as vein-like leaf and petal textures and sprig-like botanical sketches. These elements are the essence of my work and the challenge I set myself is to create compositions that feature these details in a harmonious yet interesting way.”