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Brown-Scott grew up on eight picturesque acres in southern Ohio with freedom to roam and explore. Her early years there influenced her artistic direction and she eventually chose the U. of Colorado for its Fine Art department and spectacular locale. She settled in Colorado after graduating and proceeded to paint while raising a family in the mountain community of Evergreen.
'I began seriously marketing my art at the suggestion of an instructor after college was over while living in the mountain community of Evergreen, Colorado with my family. In 1984 I was personally invited by the Evergreen Chamber of Commerce to create an original painting, a snowy winter scene, reminiscent of Evergreen in the Christmas season, from which the very first Christmas in Evergreen Limited Edition Poster and Christmas Cards were printed and sold,' she says.
That was the breakthrough she needed; her art has since been shown in Denver as well as Colorado resort areas and Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and California under the previous name Jo Ann Brown. Through the years she combined several positions in marketing, teaching interior design at a community college, sales and writing with her continuing painting career. In the last decade she focused on teaching adult art classes while living in California. In July of 2013 , she returned to Colorado and is now enjoying the exhilaration of being newly inspired, less driven by life's demands, wiser, weathered by time, and relaxed. That change has proved to be motivating and renewing.
'My early landscape art has evolved, grown wider horizons and added depth through the chapters of my life. I offer different 'takes' or viewpoints now, while still using my same recognizable style as the common thread over time. Color, pattern and texture are my passion; the message in the art, my secret; but there for all to interpret. I would describe my style as abstract expressionism with a personal, mixed media twist.I am strongly influenced by the early mixed media collage innovations of artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, and now the loose expressionism of Pat Steir, to name a few. I had a professor at CU who taught us the 'new' technique of collage in the 60's, and I ran with it. It was the sixties, after all, and I sped through the required realism classes to get to abstraction which I loved for its freedom of expression and challenges. Occasionally now, I go back to realism, doing portraits. Interesting how things go in an art career; it is a mysterious adventure offering constant surprise if you allow it freedom to roam. Recent fascinations and preoccupations that scroll through my thoughts and spill their subtle messages from paintbrush onto canvas include the concept of time's passage, Africa, the nature of ever-changing light and color and the basic, primal simplicity of the days and nights of one's life, after all extra-curricular triviality is stripped away. In a world of chaos and seemingly random events, the timeless rituals of indigenous people fascinate me. My art often speaks with a voice from that primitive foundation.'
Today Brown-Scott defines herself as a contemporary mixed media artist using acrylic paint, inks, modeling pastes, oil paint crayons, exotic papers from around the world and various other serendipitous 3-D 'finds' that will add mystery to her works on canvas. She is of course eternally joined at the soul with color, pattern and texture, using the sensuality of those three passions to trigger emotional interest and response in her viewer.
'I do encourage and delight in the interpretations of my viewers! I am always searching for new papers, stones, beads, and exotic collage papers from around the world; they are often the foundation for my art's texture and depth, as well as serving to lend support to certain indigenous people who need to find a path to their own financial freedom. My images are usually non-representational, quite abstract, and reflect my current life journey which has finally smoothed into joyous adventure after a bumpy ride of several years duration. I am fascinated with representations of my soul's longings. My newest series is titled THE SOUL FLAGS - portraying the challenges and triumphs of a restless soul, hungry for peace and fulfillment. In my book, 'THE CREATIVE EPIPHANY, Gifted Minds, Grand Realizations' I speak to the subject of creativity itself and the ways that creative people of all callings search for how to keep the fires burning over a lifetime, often experiencing life-changing epiphanies and illuminating discoveries in that struggle.'
Brown-Scott's third book, a novel titled A CANARY FLIES THE CANYON, about a woman artist, is now available through Amazon.com. Her painting on the BOOK COVER titled 'High Road' is available for sale.
http://acanaryfliesthecanyon.com BLOG - http://thecreativeepiphany.wordpress.com
Press - The opening night for the 2015-16 season of the Denver Youth Artists Orchestra is Sunday, Oct 11, 2015 and her painted violin titled OLD SOUL will be displayed and begin its tour around the Denver area. www.paintedviolin.com www.DYAO.org
Jo Ann Brown-Scott joined Fine Art America on March 3rd, 2015.