I'm J R Oatts - aka - Joanne Oatts, a UK-based abstract artist. 


I have been painting ever since I can remember. I studied Art History at Middlesex University and have since attended Slade School of Fine Art and Central St Martins in London for further painting and illustration training.

I mainly work in acrylics - paint, spray, inks and acrylic mediums. My studio space is The Spider Studio, due to the fact that I have to share it will (probably) hundreds of spiders that reside in its dusty corners and rafters. They're quite the art critics. 

Currently living on the outskirts of London, I grew up by the sea in Essex, in south-east England. I love water and continue to be fascinated by horizons, the unseen, or the undiscovered.


My work explores the connection between human emotion and the universe at large. If you'd like to know a bit more - or learn about my process - head over to my Artist's Statement

I have over 20 years of experience in the creative industries. So when I'm not painting, I'm a freelance creative director, screenwriter and mentor. I also run Faster Ideasan online platform that aims to inspire creativity and creative thinking.

Exhibitions & Galleries

Northwood Cards & Gifts now stock a number of my framed Horizons miniatures

Terra Australis, 'Horizon' Creative Challenge Exhibition (online), Morley College, London, UK, 2021

Wave Phenomena, Rogue Wave & Dual, All Water/Seascapes Exhibition, Contemporary Art Gallery Online, USA, 2020

Wave Phenomena, Painting of the Week. (online) 2019, Jose Art Gallery, Lithuania, 2019

Voluptuous Landscape, May Day Exhibition, Harbour Arm Gallery
Margate, Kent, UK 2010


Open Studio, Harbour Arm Galleries
Margate, Kent, UK 2010