Jo Rose is a contemporary mixed-media artist who captures dreamlike visions of animals and the natural world in a riotous celebration of colour, pattern and texture.

Roses connection with nature, and her love of wildlife, inspires her imagination to sing and each painting to evolve like a dance.

Transcendental moments spent wild swimming, moved Rose to explore the healing powers of water in her latest series of thought-provoking works, created in her Hampshire Studio.


Rose studied Costume Design and Theatrical Make-up at the London College of Fashion with a view to working in creature and puppet workshops - but her love of illustration drew her to set up her own small publishing company called Funky Faeries and at the age of 23, Rose began designing and selling her range of greeting cards at major retailers including Paperchase, Liberty, Selfridges, Harrods and John Lewis.

After moving to the New Forest, Rose fell in love with the enchanting forest and began to experiment with mixed media, texture and pattern and created her highly recognisable and richly textured illustration style the DEER LITTLE FOREST. 

Rose now works in her studio on the South Coast, creating wonderfully colourful and magical paintings featuring her quirky cast of furry, feathered and scaly forest critters, folk-inspired patterns and bold floral shapes and handcrafting mixed-media sculptures using a combination of naturally dyed, recycled fabric, wool, paint and paper-cutting..