|About the Artist:
Born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland where she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. Jo Sherwood followed in the footsteps of her great-grandfather, Sebastian van der Pennen, an oil painter in the late 19th century. Her work has been featured in various exhibitions and more recently in the Oil Painters of America show in Scottsdale, AZ.
Jo Sherwood paints with oil in the traditional manner; she feels the object is not to simply render a scene or object, but rather to paint in a painterly way. The delight is the way different brushes perform and express a believable impression. To capture the effect of natural light with the exact brush stroke and temperature, she feels, is the ultimate in painting. The creative element is to solve the variable in order to deliver that strong painting. She prefers to paint on location in Third-world countries. Jo is drawn to remote rural locations, and feels compelled to record these fast disappearing scenes. Witnessing the collector identifies with the subject and taking the painting home---- these are her rewards.
The world is her canvas and disappearing cultures are her subject. Jo Sherwood takes her travel easel off the beaten path, mostly to third world countries, in an effort to capture scenes from 100 years ago. These scenes of people and landscapes in remote and hidden regions reveal the essence of humanity. The people are unintentionally being absorbed by the progress of civilization and globalization. Sherwood's canvases capture their simplicity - direct contact with nature, the peculiar clothes, the candor of facial expressions and essential human emotion: from a Xian child in China to a Turkish laundry scene, from Peruvian pastoral scenes at 13,000ft, to the cradle of civilization in Italy. The resulting paintings are of light and color, and are met with enthusiasm by her collectors.
The Artist on Her Art:
"I work in oil because it endures and I want to capture the indelible qualities of these disappearing cultures. "
"I believe there is nothing more beautiful than the human figure, whether it's a farmer working in a field or a classical portrait. Painting on location focuses my attention on the essential natures of people and produces a sublime strength that can only be expressed by painting the human form."
Academy of Fine Arts, Honors Graduate
Classical training emphasizing techniques of the Masters
Continuing Studies with:
2008 Coda Gallery, New York, NY
The Wilshire Ebell Fine Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Davidsoné─˘s Gallery, Huntsville, AL
William Vincent Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1998 Private Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (ongoing)
1997 NationsBank Center Gallery, Houston, TX
1996 Bank of Santa Fe Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth , TX
2005 National Invitational, Finalist, Oil Painters of America, Chicago, IL
Accepted in Salon International Exhibit, San Antonio, TX
2003 Trinidad National Fine Art Exhibition, Finalist, A.R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, CO
Progress Energy Florida Invitational, Finalist, MainStreet Galleries, Perry, FL
2001 Invitational, Ann Hughes Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
2000 Northwest Invitational, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA (through 2001)
1999 Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX (ongoing)
Taos Gallery, Taos, NM (through 2000)
National Invitational, Finalist, Oil Painters of America, Scottsdale, AZ
Regional Invitational, Finalist, Oil Painters of America, Pueblo, CO
1998 International Exhibit, Finalist, Santa Fe Art Classic, Santa Fe, NM
Scotch Mist Gallery, Tucson, AZ (through 2002)
Venture Fine Art, Tucson, AZ (through 2002)
Concetta D. Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
1997 Vanier Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
1996 National Invitational Art League, Finalist, Albuquerque, NM
2008 Certificate of Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Chinese Consulate
2003 Trinidad National Award
2001 International Invitational, International Artist Magazine
1998 Judge for the 74th Annual Hoosier Salon Exhibit, Indianapolis, IN
2008 Feature Article, Asia Pacific Arts ,Fine Art Collector, LA Daily News, Art Knowledge News
Writings of James Scarborough
Life Among the Miao : James F. Paradise
Los Angeles Chinese Consulate - Post Event Review
2007 Feature Article, Pasatiempo New Mexican Newspaper
Feature Article, Santa Fean Magazine
2006 Council of International Relations
Portrait Society of America Newsletter, Issue #33
2004 "How Did You Paint That?" 100 Ways to Paint People, Places & Figures, Vol. II, International Artist Publishers
Artist Signature Scarecrow (American & European Painters), Vol. 6,
Roman & Littlefield
1992 Note Cards, Sunstone Press
2000 The Artist Bluebook, Taos Gallery Publishers
1998 Best of Sketching & Drawing, Rockport Publishers
Art of the American West, Rockport Publishers
1996 Best of Oil Painting, Rockport Publishers
Additional Publications: Albuquerque Journal, Departures Magazine, International Artists Magazine, Los Alamos Monitor, Rio Grande Sun, Santa Fe New Mexican, California Homes, Art Ltd., Los Angeles City Beat, and has been a guest host on NBC in Houston, TX.
University of New Mexico, Hodgin Hall, Albuquerque, NM
Council on International Relations, Santa Fe, NM
Center for Museum Resources, Santa Fe, NM
Osteria d'Assisi Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM
Davidson's Building, Huntsville, AL
El Rey Hotel, Santa Fe, NM
The Shed Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM
St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, NM
National Children's Advocacy Center, Huntsville, AL
Private Collections throughout the US, Europe, and Asia
1999 Oil Painters of America, juried regional exhibit, Pueblo, CO.
1999 Oil Painters of America, juried national exhibit, Vanier GALLER, Scottsdale,
AZ. Group exhibit.
1999 Mist Gallery, Tuscon, AZ. Ten Women and their work exhibit.
1998 Art of the American West, Rockport Publishers
1998 Best of Sketching and drawing, Rockport Publishers
1998 Finalist in Santa Fe Art Classic, International exhibit.
1998 Judge for the 74th Annual Hoosier Salon exhibit, Indianapolis, Ind.
1997 Nations Bank Center Gallery, Houston, TX. Solo exhibitor.
1997 Featured guest on NBC television, Houston, TX.
1988 Santa Fe Private Gallery, Solo exhibitor
1996 Albuquerque, New Mexico Art League, National Invitational, second place
1996 Bank of Santa Fe, Gallery, Solo exhibitor
1996 Best of Oil Painting, Rockport Publishers
1986 Selected for New Mexico State Fair Art Gallery
American Society of Classical Realism
Oil Painters of America
Portrait Society of America
The Art Renewal Center in New York