Jo Mcintyre

Creative Artist with an eye for the environment and a streak of humour.............

Overview


During the 2000s Andrew and I lived in Broome in Northwest Australia.
I was excited and refreshed by a stunningly different tropical environment. Added to the visual excitement was the constant threat of cyclones during the hot and sticky wet season
We established Jo McIntyre Images, selling originals, cards and prints, mainly in Broome. I set up a studio at home, presented my work to visitors on art tours, and had work on show in local Galleries including the Broome 6 Gallery and the Broome Factory.
For 5 years I enjoyed studying art part-time at Kimberley TAFE in Broome, broken by trips to Sydney to look after my sadly ailing elder brother Tony.
In 2008 when substantial renovations began on our house in Broome, Andrew and I went to the UK to visit relatives and friends.
By 2011 we had lost the joy of living in Broome and moved to Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands of NSW, a lush, misty, and beautiful place where everyone seems engaged in one artistic pursuit or another.

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After the Cyclone
After the Cyclone
When I returned to Broome in May 2000 it was soon after Cyclone Rosita had crossed the coast to the south as a Category 5 cyclone, only 35 kilometres away. Cyclones bring spectacular rains and erosion to the Kimberley coastline.(Oil on board 2000)
  • After the Cyclone
    When I returned to Broome in May 2000 it was soon after Cyclone Rosita had crossed the coast to the south as a Category 5 cyclone, only 35 kilometres away. Cyclones bring spectacular rains and erosion to the Kimberley coastline.(Oil on board 2000)
  • King Tide
    Broome has the third biggest tidal range on the planet and the tidal “clock” is an essential and fascinating part of life on the Kimberley coastline. Low-lying areas of Broome flood during king tides. (Oil on board 2002)
  • champagne Evening
    In the dry season on the Kimberley coastline the air is so sweet and clean and zippy you’d swear you’d had a glass of champagne. (Gouache on paper 2008)
  • Nightfall
    During spectacular sunsets on the Kimberley coastline the sky seems to rain colour (Aquarelles on paper 2009)
  • Night Sky Over Broome
    In the dry season the beauty and clarity of the night skies in Broome take your breath away (Gouache on paper 2007)
  • Mighty Landscape
    Parts of the Kimberley have a spectacular, silent, primitive grandeur. This image was inspired by the Aboriginal artist Jimmy Pike (Pastel on paper 2000)
  • Celestial Golf
    In the early 200s the world was shown eye-boggling images of the exploration of the Red Planet Mars by creature-like unmanned probes. These sparked my imagination (Gouache on paper 2003)
  • Orbital Drag
    These patterns occur over and over in the rock formations, creeks, soil and sand of the Kimberley. News of exciting advances in astronomy gave birth to this image (Oil on board 2003)
  • Broome Wedding
    Broome grooms sometimes leave a lot to be desired. For this picture I am indebted to expressionist artist Lyonel Feininger (Oil on paper 2008)
  • Self-Portrait with Small Animal
    A Renaissance-style self-portrait peppered with symbols: the briefcase represents my love of research; the cat-like creature my enjoyment of animal-inspired imagery; the stationery boxes my commercial endeavours in Western Australia. Here I am, suspiciously youthful and confident surrounded by my earlier self-portrait (Watercolour on paper 2007)
  • The eyes have It
    Drawing students at the Kimberley TAFE in Broome hard at work. We’re copying a portrait by an artist of our choice. I chose Edvard Munch (Charcoal on paper 2008)
  • Artists' Muses
    I enjoyed doing this group portrait. It brings together and presents as a whole some of the portraits chosen for study by my fellow Kimberley TAFE art students. The artists of the portraits presented include Australians Brett Whitely and Robert Dickerson along with Amedeo Modigliani, Fernand Leger, Egon Schiele and Pablo Picasso. (Pastel on paper 2008)
  • House Closing
    This is my bedroom as we start putting our belongings and furniture into storage before closing down our Broome house for renovations and leaving for a holiday (ink on paper 2008)
  • Night at the Opera
    Something fun and fanciful… My family passionately loved opera and the Marx Brothers, which no doubt helped this picture evolve. I remember it was quite a slow birth. (Mixed media on canvas 2008)
  • Hairy Reflections
    Walking past a posh hair-cutting establishment in Sydney’s Bondi Junction when I was looking after my brother Tony, I glimpsed this touching scene: such a faded former hippy, such a sweet, patient dog (Ink and coloured pencil on paper 2007)
  • Guardian Spirits
    Created using Corel 11 painting software As news spreads of pending industrial development in the Kimberley can these guardian spirits win the day? (Digital image 2009)
  • New to the Southern Highlands
    Created using Corel 11 painting software As news spreads of pending industrial development in the Kimberley can these guardian spirits win the day? (Digital image 2009)
  • Three Cows in a Dam
    There were only a few hot days in the summer after we moved to the Southern Highlands and this captures one of them. I caught sight of three steers cooling off in a dam. The animals in this painting may look more like sheep, but I couldn’t abandon my cow title with its strongly evocative ring. (Acrylic on paper 2011)
  • Bush Spa
    In the Australian bush one should always watch out for deadly King Brown snakes. (Oil on board 2011)
  • Journeying backwards
    If we live a long life we can end up as we began, helpless as newborn children. (Acrylic on paper 2011)
  • God's Waiting Room
    As many residents of Bowral in the Southern Highlands are very old, the town is affectionately known as God’s Waiting Room. Musing on this while I worked on an expressive painting of a typical Southern Highlands landscape, what else could I choose but heavenly colours? (Acrylic, oil and oil pastel on board 2012)
  • Time Flies
    Unstoppable time machine (Ink on paper 2012)