Jo Jasper Dean, an art student at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood, has been accepted into the St. Louis Artists’ Guild Juried Show.
The Ann Metzger Memorial National All Media Exhibition is a juried all-media, all-styles, and all-content exhibit that features 50 artists from across the nation. The exhibition runs June 9-July 22.
Dean’s entry is titled, “Prickly Pear Cactus.” The piece is a 48” x 36” oil-on-canvas painting inspired by nature.
“While in Sicily, my husband and I were touring the surrounding hill towns. Looming over a tiny dirt road was this towering prickly pear cactus bursting with ripe fruit,” Dean said. “This plant was so full of life, it left me breathless. I captured it with my camera and translated to my canvas the magnificent life and joy I felt.”
According to Mark Weber, professor of art at STLCC-Wildwood, Dean’s application of paint is purely her own.
“Jo Jasper is an artist with a very creative defined direction to her work,” he said. “Her imagery is taken from personal experiences in her life. The exceptional part of her work is the painting style and use of colors. The dynamic colors she uses in her work explode off the canvas, creating a vigorous environment of space.”
Along with her current exhibition, Dean has won her numerous spots in local and national group art shows. She has also received awards of excellence in recognition of her distinctive visual voice.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Maryville University and has completed art courses at Fontbonne University. After a successful career in the corporate arena, she turned her focus to painting. In 2009, she enrolled at STLCC-Wildwood, and she has been an art student ever since.
“I chose to enroll at STLCC-Wildwood because I wanted to study under Professor Mark Weber,” Dean said. “I had been following his work though his exhibitions in local galleries and liked his style. I enjoy his class, and I continue to learn from him.”
Dean will attend the Artists’ Reception and Awards Presentation on June 9.