Jo Barry studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. After graduating, she taught in a boy’s comprehensive school, rented a flat on the edge of Battersea Park and kept a horse in Kent.
Inspired by her riding in Kent, Jo produced very detailed pencil drawings and exhibited three of these a year at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – until she had so many galleries showing her work that she could give up teaching and become a full-time artist, producing pencil drawings, etchings and watercolours.
In 1994, with her husband and small son, Jo moved to the New Forest where she continues to live and work. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.