My earliest creative memory, age two or so, is from a perspective inside an empty brown cardboard washing machine box in the middle of our living room. My mom made a house for me by cutting out windows and a working door. I can see myself with a bright orange crayon in my tiny hand scribbling all over the walls and floor, making messy marks, adding other colors with expressive abandonment.
Hours and hours within I would retreat with the freedom to create.
A wonderful foundation for the artist life.
One of my favorite artist quotes is by Pablo Picasso, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."
JO SINCLAIR is professional artist with a passion for studio exploration, experimentation, innovative encounters and a strong commitment for sharing through her art-making, teaching and creative consulting.
Sinclair graduated with a BFA and honors from the Cleveland Institute of Art 1978 and earned a Masters in Art Education, MA, from Case Western Reserve University 2013, both in Cleveland, Ohio. Sinclair has created and exhibited many series of artworks throughout her professional career in a variety of media including sculptural weaving, sculptural paper, mixed-media jewelry, oil pastel, painting, collage, assemblage and encaustics. Sometimes the series has dictated the media, other times the media has informed the themes. Her work has been exhibited in numerous national shows including museum exhibitions at the Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL and others. She has had six solo exhibitions, the most recent in 2019 called “Through Wisdom Waters” at Arts on Douglas Fine Art Gallery, New Smyrna Beach, FL. She has produced numerous private and corporate commissions including a large mixed-media paper sculpture for Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA. Her artworks are included in the collections of individuals such as Agnes Gund (President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art), Lee Ioccoca, Andrew Maas (former Director of Tampa Museum of Art), and many others. And corporate collections such as International Paper Corporation, Memphis, TN, Indian Wells Country Club, Indian Wells, CA, and Walt Disney Corporation, Orlando, FL to name a few. She was an exhibitor and award winner on the national art fair circuit. She has been an art educator / instructor / teaching artist with arts integration at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH, former Bolles Elementary, St. Augustine, FL, Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL, Title One Schools in Jacksonville, FL and the former Art Institute of Jacksonville. In 2013, Sinclair taught Design 2D and 3D at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio while earning her MA. She has taught children’s art camps, after-school programs, teen programs, incarcerated youth and adult workshops at the Cultural Center of Ponte Vedra Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and elsewhere. And has had roles as art juror and curator. She was recently honored with a ROWITA Award 2019, Recognizing Outstanding Woman in the Arts, through St. Johns County Cultural Council. Sinclair has joined the board for Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, Florida and using her creative consultant skills as Secretary / Treasurer of Bees Beyond Borders non-profit.
Diverse art career, diverse bodies of artwork.
Yet threads drawn thru art and life create her tapestry.
Jo Sinclair is represented by Arts on Douglas Fine Art Gallery in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.