jo pomeroy-crockett

Jo Pomeroy-CrockettThe 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, appreciation, 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 freelance writer and educator.

The artist writes about gratitude as being a complex quality. According to author and psychology professor Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on 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.”

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A note received:
"I am so delighted with the companion painting that your artist Jo Pomeroy-Crockett created for me! It, too, is a wonderful picture of flowers I enjoy the most. She captured the perfect colors that I do use in my home decorating. Now, I look at the pair of florals, each a bouquet of my favorite flowers, every day whenever I arrive home. I will look forward to seeing more work by the artist when I next visit Seaside. Have a wonderful summer. Thank you, too, for the very careful shipping and handling. The painting arrived on time and without damage."
--C. Kyle