As a child, she was inspired towards an artistic career by pouring over the beautifully illustrated childrens books her parents bought for her to read. In particular, she enjoyed A A Milnes Winnie the Pooh and Robert Louis Stevensons A Childs Garden of Verse, and loved the illustrations so much that she decided at a very young age that this is what she wanted to do with her own life. At the age of 12, Jo Parry did also achieve the holy grail of all artistically-minded British children of her generation, when one of her paintings was finally included in the Gallery section of Tony Harts famous art show on childrens television!
She was also inspired towards her artistic career by the Headmistress of the grammar school she attended who, furious that she had decided to go to art college rather than study English at university, told her that she was a drop-out and that she would never make a career of art!
Jo Parry subsequently completed five years at Art College and is now a professional illustrator and artist. She describes her artwork as fun, bold, colour-inspired and unpretentious and usually works in soft pastels. Her hobbies outside the artistic field include photography, travel, sport and cooking.