Semi-Abstract Contemporary Art Works

My story

My love of painting began at an early age. Reading and colouring in books were my childhood passions. My head was always in a book and my hands were always holding a crayon or a colouring pencil.

In my forties I made "time for me", deciding to pick up a paint brush and also explore creative ideas I had longed to do for many years.

Loving colour and interior design, I enrolled in the 2-year Nanette Cameron Interior Design School and in 2008 I graduated as an interior designer. 

In 2011 my husband and I decided on a change of lifestyle and moved to Kinloch on the shores of Lake Taupo.  We built an art studio next to the house and at last I had a dedicated place to paint. 

For the last 10 years I have been in my happy place, painting mainly in a abstract/semi-abstract contemporary style. I now have my own small gallery/shop on our property as well as my painting studio.

In March 2019 I was featured in an episode of 'Colour in Your Life', a series that takes you into the everyday studios of artists from around the world. You can view the episode below.

I still continue the learning process. New techniques, colour mixing, glazing, layering, and so much more, all come into the creation of a new painting.

The journey continues.

My true happiness is in being an artist.

Jo Rankin - Artist.  


Qualifications and achievements

I have my qualification in abstraction from Artists University Network USA, have won many awards, had solo exhibitions and shown my work around New Zealand. I am a member of THE ART TO LIFE CREATIVE VISIONARY WORLD WIDE PROGRAMME and also MoMA MUSEUM and GALLERY NEW YORK abstraction diploma. I am represented by several galleries and am privileged to have been chosen by HANSFORD and SONS FINE ART UK on their Emerging Artists Platform.

I have sold my paintings throughout New Zealand and overseas. I have painted commission works for valued clients and work as a full-time artist.

Happiness is - Being an Artist

Jo Rankin, Artist

Acrylic painting techniques and tutorial

In March 2019 I was invited to be filmed by the Australian artist and business man Graeme Stevenson for his "COLOUR IN YOUR LIFE" series. This film, showing my techniques and painting a canvas, has been released on YOU TUBE and various other media platforms. It has also been sold to TV stations (ART CHANNEL) in 14 countries around the world. In the short space of 3 months I had over 26,000 views on YOU TUBE for my episode.


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