About Joanne Bingham


Having enjoyed a successful career in the United Kingdom as an artist, illustrator and art tutor, Joanne has been building her reputation within Australia as an accomplished and experienced artist, and more recently as a workshop facilitator and tutor.  Although she specialises in animals, she has been working with an artisan food company for some time on a variety of projects and designs, including a range of food and drink themed illustrations which have been featured on their website.

She began her art career in watercolours – learning through mistakes and successes, honing her skills, trying different brands of paint and papers to achieve the most lifelike and realistic portraits that she could.  The discovery of the versatility of coloured pencils was exciting, and she is still pushing their boundaries with every new picture to find out what they can do. Jo’s most recent works are experimental pen drawings, still based in realism, but full of life and colour.

“With great excitement Bear’s portrait finally arrived today, and I could not be happier! He is most definitely larger than life and I love it! He makes me smile every time I look at him. Sandy, owner of Bear.

The thread running through each new medium is one of quality and consistency, each one lending itself to new and innovative techniques.  Coloured pencils and graphite can be layered, blended and used with other media to produce a wide range of textures – particularly suited to fur and eyes.  Pen and ink allows for spontaneity and definition, bringing a contemporary and illustrative finish to pictures.  If you are unsure which medium or style you are looking for, take time to browse the gallery and pick out which ones particularly appeal to you.

As an active member of Art Connect Inc, a not-for-profit organisation supporting excellence in the arts, Jo is a regular contributor to events and exhibitions and will be one of the artists featured in Open Studios Sunshine Coast 2021.

Joanne lives in Maleny, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, with her family which includes 2 beautiful English Springer Spaniels called Rosie and Missy, and a Burmese cats called Ellie. She finds that the peace of the Hinterland hills is very conducive to creativity and the arts.