Joanne studied art to Btec level then went on to gain a B.A. (hons) in Design and Communication, and finally completing the set by gaining her Masters degree in Illustration with distinction in 2018.
After a career that began in advertising Joanne wove through many spheres of the design industry including software graphics, 3D modelling and animation for the computer games industry, children’s television (BBC and Channel 4), website design and interactive software design for heritage sites (National Trust and museums).
Joanne decided to focus on her passion for illustration and now works solely writing and creating illustrations for children’s books using a variety of styles and media.
In 2020 Jo was the winner of the Stratford/Salariya Picture Book Prize for her Children's book "Snow?" which she wrote and illustrated.