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Jo March was born in 1962 and brought up in the small moorland village of Darite in south east Cornwall. She graduated from the village primary school to Liskeard Grammar School and from there to Sheffield University, where she read English and European History. However the pull of Cornwall could not be resisted and she was soon to return to the county of her birth to begin her career as a professional artist.
In addition to her skill as a landscape artist, Jo is also a very accomplished figure painter and her paintings of children are quite captivating. She has also displayed a unique talent for painting greyhounds and was recently commissioned to paint Farloe Verdict, the winner of the English and Scottish Greyhound Derbys in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
My inspiration is drawn from my environment and the people - the characters - that inhabited my childhood, in particular when accompanying my parents in their respective occupations. I have an abiding fascination with the eccentricities which exist just below the surface of rural life and which I have to say are not always entirely wholesome. Modern life is gradually and inexorably eroding age-old patterns of life and systems of belief. Similarly, my landscape work is an attempt to capture the essence of the bucolic farm land which has hitherto changed so little in Cornwall.