Jo Merrill

Jo Merrill

Drawing, Painting

Artwork Displayed

St Michaels Free Library
AM Gravely Gallery
Old Brick Inn


St Michaels Art League


Jo Merrill Art

Artist Statement

When I retired, the #1 item on my “Someday List” was ‘take a watercolor class.’ So, I did.My first instructor said, “You might become good at this, but you need to take a drawing class.“So, I did… Now – several classes, various workshops and lots of fun later, I am enjoying not only watercolor, but also different drawing media like graphite, charcoal, ink and pastel. I love being in my painting space and challenging myself with new ideas and new subjects. It is so satisfying to discover ways of simplifying what I see and then to see the finished artwork framed and ready to hang! I think art should be fun and I love to see people smiling when they view my artwork.

Artist Biography

My formal art training began about a dozen years ago when I took my first watercolor class. I was hooked! A professional career in teaching and clinical social work had not left much time to learn or pursue artistic interests.Since then I have taken many classes and workshops in watercolor, drawing, portrait and figure, and pastel. My subject matter has come from the familiar: the water and sky of Eastern Shore, grandchildren activities and more recently, becoming more aware of the ‘overlooked and invisible’ ordinary things of life. I received the 25th Annual A. Brittain Banghart Award for Drawing, Painting, Etching or Sculpture Depicting the Human Figure and have received several prizes in local exhibits. My sketches have appeared in a national professional journal and I am currently collaborating with an essayist to provide illustrations for her book.

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