About Me

Portrait of artist Jo Myers-Walker painting at a desk made from an upright piano and surrounded by painting supplies

Working at my piano desk

I’ve been an artist and art teacher for more than 50 years, working with people of all ages. Although I’m mostly into watercolors, I’m always exploring new techniques and materials. For me the most joy of creating something is in the process of dreaming it up and figuring out how to actualize it. In 2013 I sold my studio building in Gilbert, Iowa, and moved to Iowa City, giving me the freedom to paint, live simply, go “on tour,” and be of service. I try to encourage others to have the courage to risk and live creatively.

My classes and workshops take a gentle approach. They all involve real artistic technique, and also some element of the “inward journey.” In everyday life we get so caught up in details, so we take time to learn to be silent, listen, and allow the Spirit to work. Not only does this promote relaxation and renewal, it also improves the artwork! By telling their story through art, people often create beautiful things that they never thought they could.

I teach painting classes at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center and a variety of other locations. You can find scheduled classes and workshops on the Classes and Events page and pictures of some of my work in the Online Gallery. The Creating for a Cause page highlights products created to promote awareness and to raise money for special causes, featuring images from my artwork.

The Classes and Events page has a list of shops that carry my artwork (call ahead if you want to make sure it’s in stock), and the Commissions page describes the process of creating a commissioned work of art to order. Check out my blog to see what I’ve been doing lately! (You can “follow” my blog if you’d like to get future posts by email — the sign-up link is at the bottom right-hand corner of the page. On a mobile device, you may need to select “View Full Site.”)

Ceramic Story Wall at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Ceramic Story Wall
at St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Education and Affiliations

University of Iowa student Grace Wenstrom interviewed me for a project and created the professional-looking video embedded below.