Jo Sheppard is an artist living and working in Leicestershire. Born in Lincolnshire, she graduated with a Degree in Fine Art from Coventry University and subsequently trained to become a teacher of art. Still working in education teaching adults and running workshops, she has now been working as a professional artist for over a decade.
The artist works in encaustic - a blend of wax, resin and pigment that is melted onto the surface of the canvas with a heat gun. This collection of landscapes, inspired by the Charnwood landscape, reflect Jo’s experimental approach to painting. Many of these encaustics have been process driven, as Jo explores and experiments with the flexibility of working with wax, finding each new discovery as exciting and revelatory as the last. Speaking of the process, which dates back to Greco-Roman times, she explains “Working with wax is very addictive and ironically, the more I work with the medium, the more I am aware of how little I know!”.
Jo exhibits frequently in group shows and as a solo artist. She is an active member of the Leicestershire Society of Artists (LSA) and the Loughborough based art group ArtSpace.