Free Spirits: A Collection of Art from the Heart by Jo Sharpe

Metamorphosis bi Jo Sharpe

Free Spirits Art Collection

When South London artist Jo Sharpe lost her father during lockdown, the restrictions on seeing him before he died were heartbreaking.  She felt lucky she had her studio to paint in as a creative outlet.  During lockdown she produced a Free Spirits collection of art that explores her creative response to grief. 

Free Spirits Art Exhibition – A collection of Art from the heart.


The Free Spirits art collection is shown in Jo’s Winter Art Exhibition. The exhibition follows on from the exhibition of art and poetry, Free Spirits: Loss in Lockdown. It delves deeper into internal and external landscapes of Norfolk and Surrey . The exhibition includes works on the theme of birds as a metaphor for the free spirits during the pandemic lockdown. Some of Jo’s other popular collections are also included. Theses are her ’Follow your heart’ prints’ and her botanical scarves and cushions which make great gifts for upcoming Valentines and Mother’s day.

The exhibition is open every Saturday in February 11-4pm at Studio 9, The Old Stable Block, Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Carshalton, Surrey, SM7 3BA. Viewings during the week can also be made by appointment.

Jo Sharpe says:

“Due to lockdown I got to spend more time in my studio than normal. As I was unable to see my dad, who was in and out of hospital and then in isolation in a care home due to the coronavirus restrictions, I would think about him while I was painting.  I realised the seascapes I had painted were an outlet for my stress and sadness over his declining health.

“My dad died in the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in October 2020. I will always be thankful I was allowed to spend time with him in hospital before he passed away. That time was so important because it enabled me to let him know how much I loved him.”

Jo Sharpe hopes the exhibition shows how creativity can become an outlet for processing grief. She wants to encourage others to use their creativity to stresses and pain caused by the pandemic.


The party in the sky

Creative workshops for Wellbeing

Jo has planned two creative workshops on the free spirits theme. She hopes as well as being enjoyable, they will relieve some of stress and sadness many have accrued over the last few years.  One involves birds and hearts and the other is called ‘Free your spirit’. The workshops will be held in Jo’s studio, a beautiful studio in Oaks Park, Carshalton, Surrey. They can be run privately or as part of a group.  Anyone interested in coming along to these workshops can book via the website: ( or contact Jo for more information via email: 

To see more of my Free Spirit collection , click here