The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” F. Nietzche.
In response to the beauty of nature, the artwork by Jo Pomeroy-Crockett celebrates new life, freshness, hope, appreciated and the goodness of the world around.
The artist works in watercolor, mixed media, and collage, and was intrigued by the theme since thankfulness for her artistic gifts and for the sense of direction have been with her since childhood. “Art celebrates life-- all the joy, the pathos, the ridiculous, the cruel, the sad, the whimsical, and the playful.” She believes that the artist creates art because a relentless inner force compels action. “When one is given a gift, one must nurture it.”
The artist’s body of work includes florals on unusual painting supports such as yupo, a paper made from recycled products, challenging glass like surfaces, and birch bark. When asked what she likes to best paint, she answers “Anything that will hold still for a few minutes.”
Pomeroy-Crockett, a North coast resident, works primarily wet-into-wet and strives for dramatic patterns. Vivid colors, an emphasis on the play of light and a touch of whimsy mark her paintings. Although she enjoys painting a variety of subjects, she especially enjoys painting nature. She has exhibited in numerous juried art competitions in the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Her work is in private collections in various parts of the United States, England, Canada and Switzerland. In combination with her art, she works as a free-lance writer and educator.
The artist writes on gratitude as being a complex quality. According to author and psychology professor Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert of the subject, gratitude is not just an affirmation of goodness, but the recognition “that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves...we acknowledge that other people-- gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.”