After years of drawing and painting as a hobby, Jo-Ann discovered the timeless medium of bronze while working at a local foundry. Confident she could master it, she began sculpting her favourite subject, the horse and casting the results in bronze.
Since that first sculpture, she has created many bronzes of horses for which she has achieved North American recognition. Some of her clients have included the Canadian Sport Horse Association as well as the Alberta Standardbred Horse Association for which she has worked closely in creating pieces for the End of Year Awards and the Breeders’ Stakes trophies.
Her second piece, “The First Obstacle”, depicting a foal struggling to its feet for the first time, was sold at the 1996 Harness Tracks of America Art Show and Auction in Lexington, Kentucky and commanded one of the highest prices for that year. It also won a Special Excellence Award at the same show in 2007.
She has consistently been accepted into that illustrious show and has held her own with other well-known artists. In 2005, she won her first ribbon for Special Excellence for her sculpture, “From Start to Finish II”. In 2002, she was featured in the trotting magazine “Hoofbeats” for her contribution to harness racing art. In 1998, she won an honourable mention at the Canadian Wildlife and Animal Art Group Juried show.
Her education in Interior Design at the University of Manitoba rounded out her strong sense of design and composition and is apparent in her art. She has had many occupations, including a stint at the prestigious Spruce Meadows Stable in Calgary, Alberta, which allowed her to work closely with her subjects, providing the depth of observation and attention to detail that characterises her work.
Jo-Ann has recently relocated to Nova Scotia to be able to spend more time on her art. She is committed to creating more pieces soon to be available to the public.