about

Hello, my name is Jo and I was born and bred in the Orkney Islands, just off the north coast of Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 with a BA Honours in Painting, I returned home, to Orkney, to continue working. My studio is based within the family business at the Hoxa Tapestry Gallery where I create designs for handcrafted rugs  in addition to my artwork.


The main focus of my practice is the character of Orkney's landscape. Recurring themes in my work are rhythm, time, movement, surface, light and a sense of space. I often present my work in series, creating a personal fingerprint of a place.

My research always starts with walking, soaking in the feeling of the landscape and the weather of that particular day. Using a combination of memory, on site sketches and photography I create finished works in my studio in Hoxa, South Ronaldsay. Drawing is at the heart of my practice and the medium I choose to work in (whether it is oils, pencil, chalk pastel, ink or woven tapestry) depends on the idea or feeling I want to capture.


Although the main body of my work is expressive, representational landscape, I also have another body of work which is more abstracted and layered, I often explore themes within the landscape which investigate the identity and character of a place in relation to time, such as mapping tidal lines on a shore over a season. 


" j k thomson - orkney artist" was created in March 2013 as an online sketchbook; a place to document ideas, work in progress and finished artworks.