Relevant Education
Bachelor of Design (Hons) 2004
Certificate of Craft Design 1990

Jo Thapa is an illustrator and painter, based at ‘The Production Village’ in Mount Cook, Wellington, New Zealand. This is where you’ll find her most days, busily getting ideas down, capturing life as she sees it.

Inspired by the nature of everyday life, the curious and the humorous exist within Jo’s world of illustration where finely modelled yet quirky characters come to life.
‘The subtle differences that make each of us who we are is a constant source of fascination and inspiration to me, the more I learn about mankind, the more I see there is yet to learn.'

Since graduating in 2003, Jo has been illustrating in both digital and traditional media in the areas of editorial, educational and commercial illustration for both national and international clients.

Her digital illustration is a combination of finely rendered line work, digital colouring and both painted and photographic collage. She paints in acrylics and oil, sometimes introducing collage or mixed media to enhance a concept within a painting or illustration.

Jo Thapa exhibits her paintings regularly in Wellington and is available for commissions.
Jo also teaches Life Drawing at Wellington High School Adult Education Night Classes.