Art by Jo Hards

As a mixed media artist, my inspiration comes from many sources. Most of my work in recent years has been in the form of whimsical, button eyed, textile art dolls, with the occasional appearance of creepy cute charaters in ink and acrylics. Here are some of their stories.

Portfolio

Frog With Arrowhead

Frog With Arrowhead

Jo Hards

I've always been fond of frogs, and here on the canal, I get to hang out with these little guys all through the spring and summer. The arrowhead plant is...

Frog With Arrowhead

Jo Hards

I've always been fond of frogs, and here on the canal, I get to hang out with these little guys all through the spring and summer. The arrowhead plant is...

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Jo Hards

I started painting relatively late in life. I tried watercolour and gouache as a teenager, without much success, and decided that I just 'couldn't paint'. I would stick to dry...

Fly Agaric Mushrooms

Jo Hards

I started painting relatively late in life. I tried watercolour and gouache as a teenager, without much success, and decided that I just 'couldn't paint'. I would stick to dry...

Rowan Scarletberry

Rowan Scarletberry

Jo Hards

Rowan Scarletberry is a mischievous elf, who lives in a tiny house among the rowan trees at the edge of the Dark Woods. Rowan has a fondness for mushrooms and...

Rowan Scarletberry

Jo Hards

Rowan Scarletberry is a mischievous elf, who lives in a tiny house among the rowan trees at the edge of the Dark Woods. Rowan has a fondness for mushrooms and...

The Healer

The Healer

Jo Hards

Awen is a Healer who lives deep in Welsh woodland. Few have found her, but those who know Awen trust her and know she will always be there to help...

The Healer

Jo Hards

Awen is a Healer who lives deep in Welsh woodland. Few have found her, but those who know Awen trust her and know she will always be there to help...

Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle

Jo Hards

I came up with the idea of Beady Dolls in 2016 when I was working in a tiny caravan. There was very little surface space to display dolls, but plenty of places...

Honeysuckle

Jo Hards

I came up with the idea of Beady Dolls in 2016 when I was working in a tiny caravan. There was very little surface space to display dolls, but plenty of places...

Harper Saltmarsh

Harper Saltmarsh

Jo Hards

Long before The Little Mermaid was turned into a popular movie and given a happy ending, I grew up with the story book version that my grandmother would read to...

Harper Saltmarsh

Jo Hards

Long before The Little Mermaid was turned into a popular movie and given a happy ending, I grew up with the story book version that my grandmother would read to...

Watch My Creation Process

On my YouTube channel, I regularly post behind-the-scenes videos, showing how my art dolls and illustrations are created, including inspiration, tips, and stories from my little floating studio, somewhere on a canal in Wales