Jo Scott + Thomasina
“They say dogs spend their lifetime studying our body language. I think I am spending my lifetime studying theirs.”
1. My first love was Snoopy, I learnt to draw making notebooks and greeting cards for my family with pictures of Snoopy and Woodstock. Aged 5-6 at the time, a lot of the humour went over my head, but I still enjoy a Snoopy comic strip today.
2 My constant companion is the much-loved Thomasina (a crossbreed JRT, long haired dachshund, patterdale, petit griffon bassett) we have no idea, she was a rescue puppy and we love to guess. She’s a constant muse and the inspiration for a lot of my work.
3. I do two retail shows a year, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham in March and Discover Dogs at ExCel, London in October.
4. I have left my studio behind for a while and can now be found wandering the UK and Europe in a Motorhome, if you're interested in seeing more, you can find us @hymerdog on Instagram
5. Besides painting dogs to commission I also illustrate my own range of greeting cards, tea towels and Giclee art prints
6. With hindsight, I didn’t particularly enjoy art college, I may have learnt a lot but I was never ‘on-trend’ and I always wanted to make Tracey Emins’ bed...
7. I'm a designer for Thortful, Moonpig, Cardly and Dicky Bag.
8. My guilty pleasure is sneaking a peek into other people’s windows, I love visiting Amsterdam for the very reason that they don’t have curtains and I can stroll along the canal paths catching glimpses of other people’s lives, letting my imagination loose whilst getting inspired by other people’s interior design.
9. In the same vein as above, my favourite pastime is people and pet watching, dog walkers in the park are a favourite of mine. I love to study the emotional connection we have with our animals and that’s what I try hard to capture in my work.
10. I’m allergic to cats, not in a ‘I can’t breathe get me to a hospital’ way, but in a streaming eyes and sneezing way and don’t they just love to come and sit on my lap!
11. I have a master’s degree in Visual Culture from Middlesex University. Translation? how aspects of our culture have been expressed in visual forms, my dissertation was on the portrayal of animals in British war art, but I also remember an essay I wrote on the aesthetics of a Duran Duran video, yes seriously…
12. I have won some lovely awards. In 2016 I was the recipient of a best new product award at the Scotland Trade Fair and in 2017 I won the trophy for best charity calendar at the National Calendar Awards. The calendar featured 11 portraits of rescue dogs and 1 rescue cat and their stories, it was so good, it beat the naked rowers calendar…just saying!