Joanna Cooke paints and teaches art from her home studio in Cape Town. She runs a corporate training consultancy and has also written and performed both contemporary and classical music. As an art teacher to adults and children, in the studio and virtually, Jo asserts that everyone is intrinsically creative and she encouragingly nurtures her students to help them achieve creative confidence and grow personally.
Jo writes and illustrates children’s picture books in traditional and digital media and she works in a large variety of mediums and styles. Her whimsical artistic style has made her prints, cards and original art popular for over a decade. Jo is drawn to nature and human nature, and the personalities that emerge from our ever-transforming environment and society. She has a strong affinity for animals and conservation, and her art captures the sensitivity and humour that unite humans with the natural world.
Jo has participated in numerous exhibitions and has been a member of the South African Society for Artists since 2011. She exhibits regularly through SASA, pop-up exhibitions and from her home studio. She has been featured in SA Artist Magazine and has published three children’s picture books internationally.