Jo paints light and texture, often in the place where one element meets another, where the water meets the shore, the wave meets the rocks, the sea meets the sky.
Jo Ashby is living on Sherkin Island (West Cork, Ireland). Her work is about her relationship with the land and the sea, deeply inspired by the island itself, West Cork and Kerry. Her work is her responses “to being in a particular place; getting to know it in all its guises. The patterns of nature – when land and sea meet sky; the complexities of sharp focus and detail with softened widen horizons and blurred edges. It does not include human figures, as they would interrupt that intensity of dialogue, but often include human-made features, such as stone walls, old buildings or lanes often in a state of decay as nature reabsorbs and reclaims them. Realizing how insignificant we humans are is so reassuring for me. I am a small speck, finding ways to record transient moments of vastness.”