Jo Randolph Simpson says "Paper, paint, and brushes are the tools I use to solve the joyful challenges of watercolor painting and to help me through many of life's 'un-joyful' ones. The illusive, uncontrollable, often frustrating qualities of water color allow me to let go of the need to paint a Masterpiece, learn to achieve something that I have not done before, explore possibilities, and have fun with color."
Simpson has been an artist since age 14 when she peddled her bike to her first art classes. She has been involved with art her whole life through studying, working in the commercial art field, owning her own agency, and teaching. Many of her paintings depict scenes from around Des Moines, including Waterworks Park, the State Capitol, the Art Center rose gardens and Saylorville.
"To paint is to pray", says Simpson. "When I am painting I am at peace and feel as though I'm going over a hill singing."
Simpson's watercolors will be exhibited at the State Library - Main Library during the month of September. The library is located in the Miller Building at the corner of E. 12th St. and Grand Ave. in Des Moines. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. For more information: 800-248-4483, 515-281-4102, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions and a map click here.