Blue House in the Hills with Cats in Windows original painting

I was chatting with some folks and we were talking about our first crushes. I remember mine vividly. I was 5 years old and NO ONE could tell that I was not marrying Vincent Price. I wanted a spooky husband damnit. And Vincent and I were going to live happily in the hills in our blue house with a cat in every window.

This is a painting I’ve wanted to do for years but just never did – glad it is finally out of my brain and onto paper. Now this original can be on your walls!
Contact me if you’d like to purchase – giclee prints are available for $25 each.


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Aunt Irma and Napoleon’s Amazing Breasts

When I buy a lot of vintage photos, inevitably there are CDV or carte de visite photographs mixed in. They were affordable and I read Civil War soldiers had their photos taken and printed with this method. It usually looks like a lithograph – I don’t know the actual process – but sometimes there are historical photos of famous folks – like this one actually was Napoleon.
(My history buff friend started the idea of Aunt Irma by telling that towards the end of his life Napoleon grew breasts that were apparently pretty amazing.)

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100 Original and Limited Edition Prints Up at ArtFinder Gallery woohoo!

I’ve been working this week on getting my Artfinder portfolio up – I now have 100 works there for sale. Some are original pieces – others are limited edition prints because the original lives with a happy collector somewhere around the world.

Check it out if you get a chance! See Jo’s Art on

OH! Before I forget, if you’re not currently a member of Artfinder – they will give you $15 to spend on art. There is art there just barely priced over $15 so you can pick up a piece of art from a self repping artist on them!
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Too Many Cats

Is it really possible to have too many cats? What’s line between cat lover and cat hoarder?

I believe every artwork tells a story and Here is the story behind this piece.
I love cats. I established a mandatory limit of 4 because that’s all my budget can deal with – otherwise I would definitely end up with too many cats because I want to give every unwanted cat, especially the ones considered “unadoptable” a furever home.

I use high quality acrylic watercolor, gouache, ink, charcoal on all my artworks.

Measurements : 5 x 7 inches painted directly on printed photo image mounted on heavy mat board.


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Unicorn Fish Were His Only True Friends

Kurt didn’t like being around people. He devised a way to spend unlimited time with the unicorn fish. If you haven’t seen them they have very unique faces. The occasional jellyfish shows up, but Kurt just pretends they aren’t there. He finds jellyfish utterly annoying with their lack of personality.

This is a 4.5 x 6.5 vintage photo mounted on a 9×12 vintage chipboard.
The painting is directly on the photo and sealed under varnish.

I believe every artwork tells a story and Here is the story behind this piece.
The Toledo Zoo just spent over a year redoing their aquarium and they have these amazing unicorn fish. I swear I could watch them all day long.
This is a painting done over a vintage photo.


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Helmuth was not a team player on the bowling team

Everyone wanted to get screaming, intimating , black cat head bowling balls….. except Helmuth. He got the Hello Kitty of cat head bowling balls. Definitely not scary or intimidating.

Materials used:
vintage photo mounted on canvas panel painted with acrylics, ink and gouche.

Size : 9 inches by 12 inches.


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All Star Kicking Nannies Goat Show Original Gouache Painting

The Kicking Nannies are putting on a special all star performance just for you! This fun piece is done in gouache and ink on 140lb paper and there is a 1-inch border around the piece for easy framing.

I love goats – if it were legal to have one here in exotic Toledo, Ohio – I WOULD. But, for now I have to be content to paint them and give them awesome secret lives.
Materials used:
gouache, love of goats, ink on 140-lb paper

This is currently on display at the Saatchi Gallery – contact me if you’d like to purchase or want prints of this artwork. 😀


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Makin’ Blue Eyed Babies in the Honey Bee Bowl Gouache Original Painting, 2015

She has baby heads. She has a stock pile of blue eyes and now she’s gonna be makin’ some blue eyed babies. Even though it is raining. Her honey bee bowl holds plenty.

I believe every artwork tells a story and Here is the story behind this piece.
I am endlessly fascinated by blue eyes.

Size: 7 H x 5 W x 0.3 in

gouache, ink and charcoal on image mounted on thick mat board.

Contact me if you’d like to own this piece. DSCN0693

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Dog Formal Dinner with Boston Terrier Improved Photo

This was a very faded photo of a young man – he had a flattish face so he became a dog.

I love Boston Terriers, I’ve yet to be owned by one, but it will probably happen. I love dogs. This little man has brilliant manners and is having a formal dinner. He even knows which forks to use and when.
This is an acrylic painting done over a vintage photo.

Materials used:

vintage photo, acrylic, ink, love of dogs and formal dinners, varnish

Contact me if you’d like to give this painting a forever home.


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Weather Woman Predicts Sun or Rain Storms with 50% Accuracy Gouache Original Painting

Painting: Gouache, Ink, Charcoal, and Watercolor

Size: 7 H x 5 W x 0.3 in

5×7 gouache, ink and charcoal on image mounted on thick mat board.

Materials used:

gouache, ink and charcoal painted on image mounted on thick mat board

contact me if you’d like to own the weather woman!DSCN0659

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