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Joanne was born and raised in South Yorkshire, before moving to Northamptonshire in 2002, where she now works from her home studio in a lovely rural village looking out over fields and drinking lots (lots!) of Yorkshire Tea. She‘s always loved drawing and painting, and considered a creative career path from an early age, after winning lots of poster design and colouring competitions at school and across her local area, much to the annoyance of her little sister! Jo gained a First Class degree in Illustration in 2001, and in 2002 started a 12-year career at a major greeting card publisher in Northamptonshire, where she started as an Illustrator and eventually worked her way up to Design Manager, creating lots of designs for Clintons, Paperchase and major supermarkets along the way. She loved her job, but becoming a Mum for the second time, and a desire to get back to a more hands-on creative role, led her to go freelance in 2015. Joanne works mainly in acrylic and collage, and loves experimenting with new ways to apply paint and create texture, and seeking out new patterns to use in her designs. When she‘s not illustrating she likes to explore her local area, visit new cafe‘s for yet more tea (“And usually some cake!”) and watch films with her Hubby, her all-time favourite being Titanic, that she saw 7 times at the cinema alone! It's her goal to keep very busy with her illustration, and to fill the fields around her house with a few horses of her own for her and her Daughters to enjoy together.View Full Bio