Jo Sherwood

Jo Sherwood Biography:
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 through her historic conservation of cultures. 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 uses sable and bristle brushes in a variety of painting styles. These styles include on location, alla prima, portrait, realistic, representational and universal painting.

One of Sherwood’s most recent exhibitions 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 Sherwood was married to her late husband Peter for nearly 49 years. She enjoys family time spent with her two daughters and five grandchildren. Sherwood just returned from Tibet and China, capturing another disappearing culture through sketches and painting. She travels most often with her easel to capture disappearing cultures on location. Sherwood opened a studio in Houston, Texas.


  • 2018 Mixed Emotions Gallery, Tibetan Exhibition, Houston, TX
  • 2018 Art Show, Sky Lounge, Houston, TX
  • 2015 Art Show, Sky Lounge, Houston, TX
  • 2014 NTDTV – New York City Global Figure Oil painting award
  • 2014 Show of Best of Burros – Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Santa Fe Art Classic Invitational, Finalist
  • Certificate of Commendation, City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Los Angeles and New York City Chinese Consulate
  • Stewart Udall Portrait, The Center of Museum Resources, Santa Fe
  • International Invitational, Finalist
  • Oil Painters of America, Finalist
  • Salon International Greenhouse Gallery, Finalist
  • Trinidad National Award
  • NBC (Houston,TX) Featured Guest
  • Let Me In (Reproduction of Swedish movie), Featured painting


  • International Painting Competition 2014, NTDTV
  • 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)

Featured Galleries

  • Mixed Emotions Gallery, Houston, TX
  • Santa Fe Art Collector Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • The Coda Gallery, New York City
  • Wilshire Ebell Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA
  • Galerie Kornye West, Fort Worth, TX
  • Ann Hughes Fine Art Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • Davidson Gallery, Huntsville, AL
  • Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA
  • Vanier Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scotch Mist Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • Venture Fine Art, Tucson, AZ
  • William Vincent Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
  • Taos Gallery, Taos, NM
  • Concetta D.Gallery, Albuquerque, NM

Studied With

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