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About Me

Biography


Jo Spaul as a child A quiet little hamlet in North Hertfordshire was my home until 1995, when I left to study Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art, where I gained my degree. It was a great city in which to study, with all the wonderful old buildings and history, although I was particularly drawn to the River Cam and the parks. On finishing my degree, I developed my portfolio with many exciting projects, expanding into mural painting and furniture makeovers. I left Cambridge temporarily to follow my interests in teaching and learning, by gaining my PGCE in Secondary Art Education at the University of Exeter. This led to teaching and working with people with disabilities. All of these varied skills enriched my work, enabling me to embrace new challenges as an artist.

After a few more years in Cambridge, my need for fresh inspiration and a rural lifestyle pulled me out of the city to the beautiful North Norfolk Coast, which was my home for some time. This move inspired me to create a series of coastal-themed artwork which I exhibit, along with my other work, in local galleries and exhibitions.

Now based in Norwich, with the buzz of city life and great access to the whole of East Anglia, I am surrounded by beautiful countryside and stunning coastal locations. These surroundings provide me with limitless inspiration and reference material for the natural themes within my work

 

What inspires me...

 

... is a love of natural things: the silhouette of a bird, the unseen beauty of a weed or the shadow cast by a wrought iron gate on a sunny day - small details that often go unnoticed. I am driven to capture these peaceful and poetic moments in nature, often by simplifying elements to create a visually pleasing conclusion.

Swallows on a telephone wire scraperboard illustration