Jo Petty Canadian Artist
Internationally acclaimed in oils acrylics watercolours and silk painting

Jo Petty

Jo Petty

PO Box 1216

Ashcroft, BC V0K 1A0

Studio and Cell Phone 250-457-0997



My theme in life and art has always been "Every Mark Matters" and my goal is to impart the inspiration of that statement to every person I instruct and with whom I work.

    Art is an energy that is alive and all around us. It comes through the artist or the medium and when a viewer acknowledges or responds to that energy it is one of the greatest rewards



Self-taught artist with much learning through workshops, seminars and classes with instructors from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design. Emily Carr College of Art and design Outreach program. Thompson Rivers University Art Program, Kamloops Art Gallery workshop programs.

Some of my greatest living mentors have been Canadian Artist Brian Scott, from Courtney B.C. David Langivin from Kamloops B.C and Royden Josephson, from Ashcroft B.C.


 Historic Artist's who have influenced my work are Monet, and the Impressioists, The Expressionists, Georgio O'Keefe, Dahli and the Surrealist movement. 


Artist Statement

I paint because I have too! I can not imagine my life without it. I am fascinated by colour and design, I also love line - the way a line moves and flows, just like our lives. A single line starts my work, and I follow it through the piece. The piece can be an oil,acrylic, pastel, watercolour painting, or my handpainted silks.

  . I find working in different mediums keeps me fresher and keener as an artist. I am a very tactile person so moving through the different mediums is a great solution for this. I am also interested in many genres in art so my work is constantly changing growing and flowing. I have been doing Art all my life.

   Owning and running my studio practice, along with the teaching that I do keeps my Artistic voice fed. I am also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and I find this to be very complimentary to artistic creation. They are both energies that flow through the body and manifest as they need too.


Solo and Group Shows, Awards, and Teaching

2012 Okanagan Potters'Guild and Artisan Juried Show and Sale Vernon B.C.

2012 The United Way School Sponsership  Art Lesssons Project in Ashcroft and Cache Creek Elementary Schools. 

2012 Adult Acrylic Worksop, hired by Thompson Rivers Unniversity

2012 Okanagan Potters' Guild and Artist Invitational Juried Show and Sale Sorrento B.C.

 2012 Solo show, Sidestreet Gallery Ashcroft B.C.

2011 Aboriginal Awareness, Research and Art program, all Elementary Schools in School District 74 

2011 Student Lead mural paintings, Ashcroft Elementary School.

2011  Adult Acrylic Workshop, hired by Thompson River's Unniversity

2011 The United Way School Sponsership mural and art lessons programn, Cache Creek Elementary School.

2011 Two Artist's Studio Show and Sale Ashcroft B.C.

2010 Okanagan Potters’ Guild Association Invitationa Juriedl Show and Sale, Vernon, Celista, and Vernon, BC

2008-2010 Courthouse Gallery Show and Christmas Sale, Kamloops, BC

2007-2009 Group Summer Art Camps, sponsored by Legacy Now 2010 and United Way

2007 Cherry Blossom Celebrations Shows – Tokyo and Bifuka, Japan

2006 - 2010 Group Invitational Artisan Silk Show, Kamloops, BC

2006-2008 Donation of Original Art Paintings to TRU President’s Gala Ball and Silent Auction

2006 Sunflower Portraits Solo Shows, Tokyo and Bifuka, Japan

2005-2012 Yearly Donation of Original Art Paintings to local Lions Club

2005 Sun Rivers Invitational Art Show, Kamloops, BC

2005 Continuation of Cache Creek Elementary School Beautification Murals, Cache Creek,

2005 Wrapping Ourselves in Nature Mural with Venables Valley Students.

2005 Friendship Flower Mural with Ashcroft Elementary Students.

2005 Solo Exhibition  Canadian Northern Lights , Bifuka, Japan

2004 Group Tile Murals with Lytton Elementary School Students.

2004 Group Tile Murals with Lytton Secondary School Students.

2004 Invitational Group Show, St Andrew’s on the Square, Kamloops,

2004 Spring Rainbow Mural with Cache Creek Elementary Students.

2004 Sun Rivers Invitational Art Show, Kamloops, BC

2004 Solo Exhibition in Sapporo, Japan.

2004 Solo Exhibition in Bifuka, Japan.

2003 Two-person Christmas Studio Exhibition  Showand Sale Ashcroft, BC

2003 Invitational Group Art Show St Andrew’s on the Square, Kamloops.

2003 Invitational teaching assignment in Bifuka, Japan, working with 450 students in eight individual schools, Kindergarten to Grade 12 students

2003 Artist on the team that painted the mural for Unfinished Films Ltd. Company, producing the Hollywood movie "An Unfinished Life", Ashcroft, BC

2003 Invitational Fashion Show showcasing my hand painted silk and one-of-a-kind bead creations, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BC

2003 Sun Rivers Invitational Art Show, Kamloops, BC

2003 Art Teacher and Costume Coordinator for the production of "We Are The World" with students Kindergarten to Grade 7, Cache Creek Elementary School, Cache Creek, BC This production includes a mural I developed where all 155 students’ silhouettes are portrayed around the walls of the school gymnasium.

2000-2005 Donations of Original Art Paintings to Kamloops Art Gallery’s Annual Fundraising Auction and Dinner Event

2000  Artist’s Studio Shows and Sales, Ongoing to Present

1997 - Healthy Schools Grants for Art in Ashcroft Elementary, Cache Creek Elementary and 2003 Lytton Elementary Schools

1997 - After School Art Programs for children and teachers. Art lessons in mixed media and 2003 mural paintings. Three classes at Cache Creek Elementary School; Two classes at Ashcroft Elementary

2002 Art Starts Program, Grades 3 - 7, Ashcroft Elementary School. Worked with teachers and students integrating art projects into their school curriculum, using various media.

2002 Naruke Glass and Gifts, Paintings, Bifuka, Hokkaido, Japan

2002 Sun Rivers Invitational Show, Oils and Pastels, Kamloops, BC

2001 Winter Invitational Group Show, Oils, Acrylics and Pastels, Logan Lake, BC

2001 Sun Rivers Invitational Show, Oils and Acrylics, Kamloops, BC

2000 Naruke Glass and Gifts, Oils and Acrylics, Bifuka, Hokkaido, Japan

2000 Cannery Row Gallery, Group Show, Oils and Acrylics, Ashcroft

2000 Solo show Hotel Polestar , Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

2000-2001 Tensho Gallery, Granville, Vancouver, BC

2000 Historic Wars Mural at Ashcroft Legion Branch, Ashcroft, BC

1999 "Trees Are Not Always Green" Arts and Creative Workshop for Elementary Classroom Teachers

1999 Cannery Row Gallery, Group Show, Ashcroft

1999 Solo Show Bifuka Cultural Centre Gallery, Bifuka, Hokkaido, Japan

1999 Solo show Bonno’s Gallery and Restaurant,  Sapporo, Japan

1999 Bonno’s Gallery and Restaurant, Group Show, Sapporo, Japan

1999 Solo Show Naruke Glass and Gifts, Bifuka, Japan

1999 Solo Show Cannery Row Gallery, Group Show, Ashcroft, BC

1999 Okanagan Mainline Regional Arts Council Juried Show, Kamloops

1998 Solo show Strand Gallery, Merritt, BC

1997 Invitation to Japan to paint mural called "Four Seasons" on Town Square Wall, Bifuka, Hokkaido, Japan

1996 East Meets West Show, Ocean Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia

1995 First Place Merit Award, Oil, Ashcroft Arts Club Juried Show, Ashcroft, BC

1991-1995 Studio Manager, Mesa Studio, in charge of Trade Show Sales, Studio Production and Management, Ashcroft, BC

1990 Federation of Canadian Artists Juried Anniversary Show, Oils, Vancouver, BC

1990 First Place Merit Award, Acrylic, Ashcroft Arts Club Juried Show, Ashcroft, BC

1987-1990 Initiated and implemented Art Program at Sorrento Centre, Sorrento, BC, which continues to date; Also, Artist-in-Residence for three years

1989 British Columbia Festival of the Arts, Juried Show, Chilliwack, BC

1986-1988 Art Instructor for University College of the Cariboo, Ashcroft Continuing Education Program, Ashcroft BC

1988 Merritt Annual Fine Arts Juried Show, Merritt, BC

1987 Best Oil Merit Award, Annual Juried Show, Merritt, BC

1987 Solo Exhibit, Merritt, BC

1986 Illustrator for "Out of the Sagebrush" publication on Ashcroft and area history with national and international distribution, Ashcroft, BC

1986- Present Ashcroft Arts’ Club Annual Spring Show and Sale, Ashcroft, BC

In addition to this, I paint and distribute silk products throughout Canada, the US, Japan, Indonesia and British Columbia.