Jo Kennedy

Artist Bio

Jo is a painter and poet living in Richmond, Virginia. She works in acrylic painting, mixed media,
and collage. She is the former Director of the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Jo holds a Master
of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Humanities from the
University of Richmond. She has studied painting in San Miguel deAllende, Mexico, at the Visual
Arts Center of Richmond and with private instructors. She was recognized in 2006 by the
Richmond YWCA as Outstanding Woman in the Arts. Jo has exhibited her work in juried shows
throughout Virginia and her work is in many private collections.

Artist Statement
Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I spent much of my childhood in the outdoors,
exploring fields and orchards, climbing fences and trees, and flying homemade kites in the open
sky. The contours and rhythms of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the fertile valley and the winding
Shenandoah River indelibly imprinted my childhood memory and imagination. Just as my poems
are imbued with open spaces and a sense of place, my paintings are informed by my desire to
create, define and claim the small physical space of the canvas in relationship to the larger
canvas of the natural world. While my abstract paintings and collages are not traditional
landscapes, I like to think of them as landscapes of the heart and memory. Using vibrant, intense
colors and textured surfaces, my intent is to create energy and a sense of joy and childlike awe
of the world we live in. When you view my paintings and collages, I want you to feel very much
alive and in touch with your humanity and creative spirit.

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