After 18 years as a banker and five subsequent years committed to mothering her sons during their early childhood, Jo Wong began her journey as an artist in early 2003. Starting off with Chinese brush painting, she found herself drawn to plein-air painting, under the tutelage of Ong Kim Seng, one of Singapore’s premier artists.

The following years saw her attending a succession of painting workshops & outdoor sessions with Ong and other masters like Steven Quiller, John Yardley, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic. She had a very successful debut solo in February 2011. Subsequently, she participated in seven group exhibitions and had a couple of solo shows for charity.

Throughout this journey, Jo also found time to follow her other passion of writing and illustrating books for children. She completed her maiden illustrated children’s novel, Squeaky … he is more than a squirrel … in 2005, and in 2007 followed up with the sequel, Squeaky Is Gone! In 2010, she released the third installment of the series, Squeaky’s Choice. In 2009, she added to her literary oeuvre with ten fully illustrated books for early readers. In 2011, she launched her fourth book in the Squeaky series, Squeaky’s Dilemma.

Collected by National Parks Board, her works are also in the homes and offices of many people from all walks of life. Her affinity with nature is passionately expressed on the canvas, rendered in rich detail and lovingly composed to create paintings that immerse the viewer in the scene presented. Her training with masters in watercolour and oil shows in her impeccable technique and therefore photographs of her work do little justice to her actual art pieces.

Her strength is not only in capturing the very essence of a scene, but the atmosphere and unique perspective that bring one right onto location, painting with her.

In 2011 Jo established her own private studio & gallery, Jo’s Creations, where she could further pursue her deep passion for painting and writing.


Jo's CV

Began Chinese brush painting on her own in March, then started plein air painting with Mr Ong Kim Seng in August.

Painting workshop with Mr Ong Kim Seng in Batam, Indonesia in March; took part in an international painting workshop by Mr Stephen Quiller (American master watercolorist, author & instructor) organized by International Artist in Tuscany, Italy in September; attended a painting workshop with Mr Ong Kim Seng in Malacca, Malaysia in October.

Painting workshop with Mr Ong Kim Seng in the ancient water villages of Wuzhen, Tong Li and Xi Tang of Shanghai, China in October.

Joined Mr Wee Shoo Leong’s oil painting class (until 2009), in March; attended a painting Workshop with Mr Ong Kim Seng in Bali, Indonesia in June and participated in joint exhibition Dedication to Watercolor with Mr Ong Kim Seng & fellow students in October.

Joint exhibition with Mr Ong Kim Seng & students, Tribute to the Gardens, in August.

Participated in group show Musings of The Fullerton Heritage with Ong Kim Seng & fellow students in January.

White Canvas Gallery hosted Jo’s debut solo exhibition, Romancing With Nature from 17 February to 6 March 2011.

Participated in group show with Ong Kim Seng & Students in October at White Canvas Gallery.

Painting Workshop with Ong Kim Seng in Nepal in March.

Participated in joint exhibition with Ong Kim Seng & Students from 30 Aug till 16 Sep, Gardens of Inspiration at Halia, Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Charity Open House at Jo’s Creations in aid of Infant Jesus Homes & Children’s Centers (7 to 9 Dec 2012).

Painting Workshop with Ong Kim Seng in Myanmar from 2 to 9 March.

Participated in a joint exhibition with Artist Annie Lee during The Design Society’s festival between 2 and 16 March at Jo’s Creations.

Participated in a Painting Workshop by John Yardley in Dedham Hall, England from 10 to 17 May.

Charity Open House at Jo’s Creations in aid of Assisi Hospice (16 & 17 April).

Painting Workshop with Alvaro Castagnet in Singapore from 3 Nov to 5 Nov.

Launched a booklet and had a successful solo exhibition on the Streets of Tiong Bahru from 2 to 10 Dec 2018.

Participated in joint exhibition, Travels with my Teacher, with Ong Kim Seng & students from 23 March to 1 April at Art Commune Gallery.

Painting Workshop with Joseph Zbukvic in Zhujiajiao, China, from 9 to 13 April.

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