For Jo Darvall, art and storytelling are intrinsically linked. A love of story inspires her work and invests it with tension and texture. Whether she’s exploring a true historical narrative or a timeless fable, it’s the modern vibrations that interest her. The links between people and the ways in which we connect are key themes in her visual arts practice.

We had a chat with Jo about her art and what makes her tick..

What inspired you to become a painter?

I am a painter but also a printmaker.

I feel like I have always been an artist I studied under an artist in my country town in east Victoria at the age of 9, Yarram. I’m sure you have never heard of it?

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What does an average day look like for you?

Walking the dog, bob. He’s a dag and I’m actually in the studio every day. On my day off I teach watercolour and pastel painting at Fremantle Art Center in WA.

Tell us about your brush stroke technique?

I love looking at the history of art modernism and abstraction etc. But, the Ming Dynasty is contemporary, exotic and sophisticated. I feel that the Chinese were abstractionists before Abstraction in 60s in America. They have a unique aesthetic we can only work towards.

What does an average day look like for you?

Gym, meditation, music, incense, concepting, and painting! I love the freedom of being able to do what I love every single day (and most nights). To create something special for someone that resonates with them. I also love being able to spend every day with my little French Bulldog, Dolly. Even though she’s not much help in the studio and sleeps on the job, she’s still great company.

You move between many artistic mediums. Sculpture, fabric, landscape, abstract still life. What do you attribute to your wide range?

I think the practice of art should have few boundaries and that as an artist we must be trying new things all the time.

What does the next 5 years look like?

I don’t really want to think about it I’m riding high at the moment. I have a solid exhibition program and opportunities to exhibit nationally and internationally and I am able to do so.

What are you listening to right now?

The Pixies “Greens and Blues”.

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