This week we met Jo Silcock in her new beach hut inspired studio to discover more about her work as an artist and hear how she uses art as a therapeutic tool with children and adults.
Who are you?
My name is Jo Silcock, I moved to Emsworth two and a half years ago and this is my second arts trail.
What type of artist are you?
I am a painter but my styles and subjects are forever changing.
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
I am a self taught artist. I have enjoyed painting and drawing all my life and have been on many courses over the years. When my children were young, I used to paint personalised pictures for children.  I have been involved in Interior design too running my own business as a house doctor before moving to the coast . In my career in education I have used art as a therapeutic tool working with children and adults over many years. I now run an after school art club for primary age children and I am starting a beginners adult art class too.
Can you describe your creative process?
When I work on canvases  I am usually quite spontaneous with my art and like to be as free as I can. I change my style when using watercolour which is a more detailed and deliberate approach.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
Both processes reflect the way I am feeling that day, but sometimes I work with both styles on the same day to fulfil my need to be creative and relaxed.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
My husband built me a lovely studio in the garden in January. It looks like a beach hut but he had insulated it so it is a wonderful place to paint. I now don’t have to put all my paints away whenever I have finished which is very liberating.
What keeps you going whilst you work – soundtrack? Snacks? A fluffy assistant?
I like to work in my studio with Radio 4, a cup of tea and my dog Maisie asleep in her basket. I never have to be forced in there as it’s an oasis in my busy life. I love the peace and tranquility.
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
I have been working on some new coastal paintings in acrylics and mixed media on canvas for this years arts trail.  I  have also completed some watercolours of flowers and sea birds amongst others which gives me a variety of subjects, medium and styles.
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