Jo Ann Wilton, Up Front

Jo Ann Wilton, Up Front, watercolour, 77.5 x 95.3 cm, $1100

1.  Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show. 

The resource was a picture I took in Hawaii years ago.  To me the challenge was to represent the vibrancy and energy of this amazing flower and to get it to come out at you.  I suspect that the strength and the shapes of the background are part of what makes it work.

2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art? 

I began painting in watercolour soon after I retired 14 years ago.   I was totally committed after watching a professional artist from Tofino paint during a 12 day rafting trip we took in northern British Columbia.

3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?

This city is growing so fast there is a serious challenge to provide enough opportunities and support for all artists.  There is the potential for a very vibrant, varied community of artists but we have to find ways to engage the public in appreciation of original work.

4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists? 

Don’t wait as long as I did to start.

5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery? 

I will be showing with the Purple Studio Painters at Neilson Park in the spring and with the Lakeshore Art Trail in the Fall – plus other smaller shows.  More of my work can be found at

See Jo Ann Wilton’s Up Front at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.

Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.

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