Winter time

Winter time is my busy painting season!

Most of my commissions are undertaken during the winter months and this year has not been an exception! As well as ocean surface studies I have had many Woolacombe based paintings going out.

Woolacombe is a beautiful part of the coastline and I never tire of painting it. Different angles and views, wet sand reflecting the sky and every kind of weather and sea state affect them and so no two days are the same.

Drone work

Perfect weather for a drone flight!…I am not a fan of noisy intrusive fly spies but I do love the images they capture. Places that you know so well, easily recognised but abstracted purely by the point of view.

I am looking forward to getting some fantastic wild coastline shots when I am away in Costa Rica later in the year. Plenty of inspiration for future paintings so watch this space!

Latest commission piece

Here is my latest commissioned painting. It measures 5ft x 3ft and was an absolute joy to paint!

I love to use palette knife to create texture and layers in the foreground in conjunction with a smooth tranquil sky. Happily the family who wanted this view of Lundy Island are really pleased with it and couldn’t wait to get it on the wall!

All commissions are considered so please just get in touch 🙂


pursuing my love of the sea, I am creating 12″ x 12″ canvasses purely showing the reflection and refraction of light on the surface of the ocean. This intense sparkle is both a challenge to capture but also a very eye catching focal point once the piece is hung!

Here it is as a work in progress…

surface sparkle painting on the easel by Jo Allum


March 2020

Having a trip planned is always a good thing! Costa Rica is the destination for March with its miles of wild palm fringed coastline and warm surf there will be no end of opportunity to inspire and evolve my work.