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, and be of service. I try to encourage others to have the courage to risk and live creatively.

My teaching takes a gentle approach, involving real artistic technique and also some element of the “inward journey.” In everyday life we get 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 now have two complementary websites:

Charitable & Spiritual website — theleftbankstudio.com (You are here!)

    Here at theleftbankstudio.com I’ll focus on charitable and spiritual activities, and my day-to-day adventures. The Creating for a Cause page highlights products created to promote awareness and to raise money for special causes, featuring images from my artwork. Check out my blog to see what I’ve been doing lately, and possible events as they come up!

    (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,” “Desktop site,” or similar.)

Mentoring, Consultations, Gallery & Commissions — jomyerswalker.com

I hope you will enjoy both sites!

Contact me

  • “Creating for a Cause” inquiries:  jomyerswalker@gmail.com
  • Mentoring, Consultations, Gallery & Commissions inquiries:  Contact page on jomyerswalker.com
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.