Jo Vollers was born in Melbourne in 1955. She grew up in an artistic and musical family. Her father was an accomplished watercolorist who exhibited widely. She starting painting after bringing up her family in Devon.
She studied drawing and composition at The Heatherly Art School, Chelsea and over the past few years her artistic development has been guided by Robin Child and Salliann Putman. Much of her inspiration comes from studying the work of great 20th century painters such as Ivon Hitchins, Peter Lanyon and Joan Eardley. These influences have inspired fluidity and freedom in Jo’s work.
The excitement of mixing the palette and creating the colours with their varied tones is always her starting point. Subject matter is less important than the abstract qualities of the painting. It is the emotional response that is all important. She loves to paint landscapes, still life and flowers through the seasons from her garden. She understands the importance of translating what she sees, using her brushes and palette knives, to ‘find’ rather than ‘making’ the painting.
She is an associate member of The South West Academy and exhibits with various galleries in Devon. She has exhibited with Chelsea Art Society and is represented by Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea.