Jo Verdis is an American artist born in San Diego, California and raised in Washington State. As a child, Jo explored her creative nature by learning to play the piano, flute, violin and compose music. In college Jo studied composition at Baylor University in Texas. In 2006, following her master’s degree at the same institution, Jo moved to Belgium where she continued to study composition at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. Jo lived in Belgium for three years and briefly studied sculpting there as well. In 2009 she returned to the United States to teach music at Broward College in southeastern Florida. But it was in Santa Barbara, California that Jo took up painting and visual art in earnest, using this art form as a therapy while recovering from a traumatic brain injury. She taught herself to paint with alcohol inks, then assimilated other mediums into her artistic expression, particularly mixed media and fabric arts. Her work has been enthusiastically received at numerous solo art shows in Santa Barbara. Jo also facilitates workshops in alcohol inks painting and creativity.
After many years studying music as a musician and composer, Jo Verdis’ life took an unexpected turn when a traumatic brain injury put a halt to her professional activity. During her recovery period, Jo frequently turned to visual art-making after discovering that this immediate, more tangible and tactile art form helped greatly with some of the troubling symptoms of her TBI. Painting with alcohol inks became a therapy, a mindfulness practice, a meditation, and a place where she could connect with her creative spirit, a part of her that was still fully intact and ready to express her experiences. As Jo experimented and developed her style and techniques, she found that her music studies had provided a foundation for her work in visual art. But equally, the creative processes she developed as a painter opened up new channels through which her creativity can flow as a composer and songwriter. Today Jo continues to expand as an artist, utilizing an ever-growing range of forms and mediums to manifest her artistic vision. In her artwork and music, Jo uses her personal experience and emotional sensitivity to give expression to universal human experiences.
Composers and Performers
- Yellow Composition
- Green Composition
- Blue Collage
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