Prolonged hardship makes us think hard about resilience. Accepting things the way they are, instead of how we would like them to be, isn’t easy. The 2020/21 pandemic was a testing time for everyone where our resilience was tried, exposed and strengthened in different measure.

Nature is brilliant at resilience. I find walking in wild spaces, be that physically or virtually in film, sketch or word, helps me to connect with my true self and my place in all things, and where I can learn a lot from the natural world what it means to be resilient.

‘Resilience’ is an emerging collection where I will continue to add to it as my reflections develop throughout 2021 – reflections on journeying through the pandemic and, hopefully, our emergence on the other side of it later in the year.

If you are interested in any of these paintings and want to find out more or discuss purchasing one, please get in touch with me using the contact button in the menu above.

“You can’t stop the waves but you can learn to surf!”

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Oil landscape by Yorkshire artist Jo Sykes

Connected Roots


40 x 50 cm, oil on canvas, £220.

Connected with my true self

Connected with reality

Connected with my tribe.

Keeping Faith

One step

One step at a time

One step – we’re moving forward.


I know.

I know who I am.

I know what I am.

I know where I have come from.

I know where I want to go.


A Season of Acceptance

‘Stuff’ happens.

Why me? Why not me! ‘Stuff’ happens.

I don’t like this ‘stuff’, but I’ll deal with it.

“This is the resilience that leads to stability, not brittleness – a system that is aware of the forces on it and responds with just enough to keep things steady over time.”

Seth Godin
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