In 1955 just after graduating from university Jo had a one woman show in her home town of Boulder, Colorado on the university campus which consisted of perhaps around thirty large brush and ink drawings of horses. She sold all but four, and another one woman show yielded similar results, this time with colored inks and more variety. In addition to art, Jo has helped raise her life partner’s daughter, bred and shown Airedale Terriers, and upon moving to Placerville forty years ago, raised chickens, ducks and goats. She has dabbled in oil painting but finds it too slow, and has recently designed, cut and printed linoleum blocks to use as greeting cards and book marks. She has also written and illustrated a children’s story about a little bantam chicken.
She has loved horses since early childhood and has been drawing them all her life. They spring from her head onto the page, usually on the move and ready to bound off the paper on their way to somewhere else! She continues to experiment with water colors and inks using a variety of tools, from string to balsa wood sticks to pencils and brushes.