A native Texan, Jo Williams spent her childhood growing up in rural North Texas among the woods and prairies. “Although I love to travel and paint the more exotic scenery of mountains, desert, and ocean, I still love to paint the gentle scenery of my native area.” Williams has painted a gamut of subjects including florals, figures, abstracts, and landscapes.
Williams has lived in Denton, Texas for thirty years where she is very active in the arts community. She has a degree in art education from the University of North Texas and has taught public school art. She has been teaching privately for about twenty-five years and currently teaches classes at the Center for the Visual Arts in Denton. She also taught community education classes for the University of North Texas for many years and teaches workshops throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In addition to teaching, she gives demonstrations for area art organizations and judges regional art exhibits.
Williams has been a signature member of Southwestern Watercolor Society since 1992 and a signature member of Artists and Craftsman Association since 1987. She is also a member of the Kingston National Registry of Who’s Who in America. Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions. She has won a number of awards including Best of Show in the Texas Neighbors Art Competition in Irving and the North Texas Area Art League Annual Juried Exhibition 2000 in Denton.
She has had several solo exhibitions including invitational exhibits at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, the Center for the Visual Arts, Denton, Texas, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas Student Union Building. Her work is included in many private collections and public collections including Raytheon, Ben E. Keith Co., Denton Publishing Company, City of Denton, and the Greater Denton Arts Council. Williams’ paintings may be viewed on the web at http://ntaal.org.