Jo Sherwood was born and raised in Rotterdam, Holland.  She followed in the footsteps of her father, who developed her interest in art by visiting European museums, and her great-grandfather, an established oil painter of the late 1800s.  Jo graduated with Honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam, studying the classical techniques of the Masters.

Sherwood has spent decades capturing remote and isolated cultures through her art, before they succumb to globalization.  Her work holds a harmony and stasis that lends emotional depth to her subjects and offers a glimpse into their rituals and way of life.  Although she was trained in the classical oil techniques of the Masters, she prefers to render modern day traditionalism through her documentation of remote cultures.

Sherwood’s most recent exhibition features paintings of her “Capturing Greek Isles Culture” Sherwood circumnavigated the beautiful Cyclades Islands off the coast of Greece in a 35' sailboat. The azure blue sky, fresh Mediterranean waters, crisp white houses, authentic fishermen, and hard-working donkeys all made for picturesque painting material.

Her solo exhibition “Disappearing Cultures of Rural China” featured paintings inspired by the Miao minority tribe of southwestern China.  This collection was shown on both coasts- in Los Angeles at the Wilshire Ebell Gallery and in New York City at the Coda Gallery in SoHo. A unique aspect of both shows was the support of the Chinese Consulates in both cities, as well as the Mayor in Los Angeles.

Jo enjoys family time spent with her two daughters and five grand children.  Jo recently moved to Houston, Texas.  Prior to that she lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she maintained a studio for 30 years; and the rest of the world, where she traveled with her husband and, of course, with her easel – her window to the world.


* Oil Painters of America, Finalist
* International Invitational, Finalist
* Santa Fe Art Classic Invitational, Finalist
* Salon International Greenhouse Gallery, Finalist
* Trinidad National Award
* NBC (Houston,TX) Featured Guest
* Let Me In (Reproduction of Swedish movie), Featured painting
* Stewart Udall Portrait, The Center of Museum Resources, Santa Fe
* Certificate of Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
* Los Angeles and New York City Chinese Consulate


* Best of Oil Painting
* Art of the American West
* Best of Sketching and Drawing
* 100 Ways to Paint People and Figures
* Best of American Oil Artists
* Asia Pacific Arts
* Fine Art Collector
* LA Daily News
* Art Knowledge News
* Artist Signature Scarecrow (American & European Painters)


* Dan Gerhartz
* Michael Lynch
* Richard Schmid
* Bettina Steinke
* Howard Terpning
* Yugi Wang
* Henriette Wyeth