Jo Dunnick Watercolors


Evening Tide was chosen to be in the Emerald Art Center National show held during the month of May. It actually sold to a couple from Oklahoma who bought it early in the show and took it with them. So I had a giclee made of it and matted and framed it and it sold too! It is a magical piece for me... it's on Yupo and the way the paints ran and played together were unbelievalbe. It was a gift... it came effortlessly.

"The Peaceful One" (inspired by a photograph taken by Bill Kelly when he was visiting a Maasai village in Tanzania) received the Springfield Lane County Art Award in the 2019 Springfield Mayor's Art Show. As a result of that award, it and Jo's art, along with 2 other artists, will be featured at the Springfield Library for the month of December and January.

Framin' ArtWorks, 505 High Street, Eugene, Or. is one of the primary contacts to find out about Jo's art. Contact Jo or go to www.framin' for more information.


March 5-29,2024, Jo will have a show at the Emerald Art Center, 500 Main, Springfield, Or. Color And Water Tell A Story will display several of Jo's favorite paintings and all of them will "tell" a story, which is sometimes up to the viewer's interpretation. The art center is open 11-4 Tues. through Sat.

January 6 through February 28 of 2024 Jo will have 3 pieces in the Don Dexter Gallery, 2911 Tennyson Ave., Eugene, Oregon. She will be a part of a 7 person show also featuring Patti McNutt, Karen Pidgeon, Kathy Paskey, Thi Nguyen, Rayne Pelham, and Demetra Kalams. There will be an artist's reception January 6th from 1 - 4 pm.


Exploring Backgrounds With Watercolors. Jo will be offering a 4 week class, Thursday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30, March 7, 14, 21, 28. We will focus on backgrounds and explore several techniques on 2 different types of paper, creating unique and fresh images. All levels welcomed! Contact Jo or go to for more information.

Yupo, Soap, and Other Fun Stuff! Jo will be offering a 4 week class watercolor, Thursday afternoon, 1:00 - 3:30, May 30, June 6, 13, 20. We will focus on using Yupo, applying bar soap to paper to create texture, spray starch to help the paint react in interesting ways, and a few other things to create unusual and intriguing images. All levels welcomed! Contact Jo or go to for more information.

If anyone is interested in individual lessons ($30/hour) or having Jo teach a 1-day, 2-day, or 3-day workshop, Contact Jo.

Comments regarding Jo's workshop:

Kathy LaMontagne: Thank you so much for all the heart, soul, and talent you put in this workshop on our behalf! I have loved every minute of it. The variety of your work has truly inspired me to try different things and to think outside the box. That's a gift that's hard to put into words. With love and admiration, Kathy LaMontagne

Patty McConnell: I loved the 4-day workshop and I learned so much from you. Thank you for being a great instructor and a wonderful human being. Patty McConnell

Joanna Branvold: I have you to thank for stimulating my (very latent!) artistic ability...if you can call it that. I did love your class so much. I loved your encouragement for those of us who needed lots of it! I loved trying new "recipes" and techniques and seeing magic happen. Most of all, I loved the feeling I left with...that I can hardly wait to try new forms of art, not being fearful of failure or ridicule. I'm trying very hard not to be my own worst critic. So, dear Jo, thank you for your inspiring and nurturing nature which made your class so memorable and life-changing for me, and I suspect for many others as well. Love, Joanna Branvold

Comments from Jo:

“I’ve been told that my paintings have a lot of emotion and soul, moving some people to tears . . . or laughter. I appreciate that someone can be touched by the colors I have used and the subjects that have chosen to appear. Sometimes it feels that way… that there are animals or people who have been waiting to show themselves and choose to do so on my paper. However it happens is fine with me. I love the process and celebrate the outcome. I hope that my watercolors catch your eye and capture your heart.”

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