About Jo Houtz...
Jo Houtz, Artist, BWS, RAL, HAA, DWS, PAA
1417 Emily Ct. W.
Abingdon, MD. 21009
Jo Houtz is a former career federal employee who began painting after retirement, working in watercolor, pencil and ink and a variety of papers. Currently she lives in Abingdon, MD, but displays her work at many regional art exhibits, shows and fairs in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia. She has won a variety of awards at these festivals.
Jo has exhibited in one person shows as well as regional exhibitions. Her artwork is included in corporate and private collections. Professional affiliations include: Baltimore Watercolor Society, Harford Artist Association, Rehoboth Art League, Delaware Watercolor Society and the York Art Association.
Recent works use Masa paper. A unique effect can be obtained by soaking the paper and crushing it by "waddling" it. This "waddling action" breaks the sizing in the paper and allows the initial application of color (background) to soak well into the paper giving a depth that is exceptional.
"Eclectic. I think that says it all. My art reflects my life and that is eclectic. I am unable to channel all my energies towards a discipline that dictates a loss of choices and puts you in a position of trying to feel what you are painting rather than painting what you feel. Jo
The Sheppard & Enoch Pratt Foundation
Jo has had 5 of her works selected for "The Collection at Sheppard Pratt". These will be displayed in early 2007 in the patient wings of Sheppard Pratt. She was very excited about the selection and feels it is an honor to be part of the permanent collection at Sheppard Pratt.