Jo Lewis, Mixed Media Artist
I'm an artist based in Leeds, UK and specialise in mixed media and acrylic painting. I love the enormous flexibility of acrylic paints and inks and being able to create anything from watercolour to impasto effects; the vast array of different paints and mediums available fascinates me. I absolutely love wildflower meadows and these feature prominently in my output to date.
In the Online Shopping sections of this website you will find photos and details of all my original paintings, prints and greetings cards etc. which are currently available to purchase; there is also a Gallery of all my work to date. I do welcome commissions, so if you're interested in a painting which has already sold, then please don't hesitate to contact me, as I will be able to create something very similar. I am also equally happy to discuss new ideas for commissions.
Much of my work to date has been on stretched canvas. I use high quality, Italian-made, cotton canvases by Belle Arti, the frames for which have been made only from renewable wood (red fir) dried to the right degree of humidity to assure the best stability of stretcher. A special design of joint and stretcher bar assures resistance to torsion and the perfect control of the stretcher's tension. The canvases are stretched to the reverse giving a clean edge suitable for displaying without a frame.
All of my paintings on canvas are left for two weeks to fully cure/dry, before being varnished to protect them from dirt/dust and uv light. Two isolation coats of non-removable gloss varnish are applied to provide a protective barrier between the painting and the top coat of removable varnish (which can be gloss, satin or matt depending on the painting). This therefore means that my paintings can be cleaned in future, by removing the top coat of varnish (together with any accumulated dirt) and then reapplying a fresh coat of removable varnish. Full details of my process are included with my paintings on original hand-painted and signed cards.
I have also recently begun to use watercolour paper as a substrate for some of my artworks - I use high quality Strathmore 400 Series Watercolour Paper (140 lb, cold press). Where a painting has the option of a frame, these are bespoke and are made from solid wood with a smooth painted matt black finish. They also come with a snow white mount border measuring 20mm on each side; an acid free backing sheet; crystal clear 2mm acrylic glazing (20% clearer than glass, lighter and stronger); an MDF backing board and hanging fixtures - D rings, cord and felt pads. A layer of fixative is applied to all of my watercolour paper paintings to protect them from uv light.
I use professional quality acrylic paints, acrylic inks, mediums and varnishes (where applicable) in all of my work. All canvases are signed on the back, whilst all watercolour paper works are signed on the front (bottom right) and on the back. All original paintings and fine art giclée prints come with a certificate of authenticity.