About Jo

Jo Tinney was born and grew up in Fermanagh. She studied painting for 3 years at Belfast College of Art and then Art Education at Manchester University, graduating as a Teacher of Art and Design (B.Ed). She spent the following 10 years teaching Art and Design in Mount Lourdes Grammar School, Enniskillen before leaving to concentrate full time on her career as a painter in 1985.

Where to find her work

Her first solo exhibition was held in The Studio at Ardhowen, Enniskillen in 1992 and since then her work has been exhibited all over Ireland and the U.K. Her current work is always available to view in her studio in the Buttermarket Designyard, Enniskillen and online here.


Her paintings in watercolour, pastel and acrylics can now be found in many parts of the world in the collections of people such as President Clinton, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, the Dublin Merrion Hotel, the University of Limerick and the Manor House Country Hotel. She has been elected to; The Ulster Watercolour Society, The Arts Society of Ulster and The Watercolour Society of Ireland.

Awards & Exhibitions


Solo exhibition, ‘Images of the Present and Echoes from the Past’, The Studio, Ardhowen, Enniskillen.


Solo exhibition Higgin Gallery, Belfast, ‘Brown Bog / Blue Lake’

1995 & 1998

Won the ‘Laing Watercolour Award’ at the Higgin Gallery in Belfast.


Work selected to illustrate the Laing Group International Calendar.


Presented with the Max McCabe award by the Ulster Society of Women Artists.


Opened a Studio/Gallery at The Buttermarket Designyard in Enniskillen.


Solo exhibition ‘Changing Light’ Kenny Gallery, Spiddal, Galway.

1999 -

Solo exhibition ‘Changing Light’ Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Dublin.


Career reviewed on 'Awash with Colour' on BBC Television.


Presented with the Wilfred Haughton Award by the Ulster Watercolour Society, becoming the first female artist to receive this honour.

2001 & 2002

Paintings selected to illustrate the First Trust Bank Calendar.


Joint exhibition with Thelma Mansfield, Gormley’s Gallery, Omagh.


Solo exhibition ‘Still Blue' Sligo Art Gallery.


Invited Artists Exhibition 'Dreams' Sligo Art Gallery.


Invited Artists exhibition 'Irish Watercolour Painters' Sligo Art Gallery.


Presented with the F.B. Steven Award by the the Ulster Watercolour Society.


Invited Artists Exhibition, the Kenny Gallery Galway.


Ulster Watercolour Society ‘President’s Selection’ Exhibition, Letterkenny.


Invited Artists Exhibition ‘Making Waves’ at the Kenny Gallery Galway to Celebrate the arrival of the Volvo Round the World Yacht Race.


‘The Spirit of Place’ an exhibition of new paintings at The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, opening speech by Neil Shawcross RUA.


In October 2011 a specially commissioned stained glass window telling the story of the life of St Ninnidh and designed and painted by Jo, was installed and blessed in the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, Bundoran, Co Donegal.
( click to view a video of the window on youtube )


In September 2012 a second stained glass window was commissioned, again by Canon Ramon Munster, for the same Church and was designed and painted by Jo, titled 'Our Lady Star of the Sea'
( click to view Our Lady Star of the Sea )