Jo Ann Cooksey Bono
Jo Ann Cooksey Bono, PWCS, NCS
I am a multimedia artist and teacher with a degree in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from Longwood College in VA. My background includes experience in journalism and advertising. Currently, I teach watercolor, collage and drawing to adults and children and enjoy my work and my students very much.
As a teacher, I hope to propagate an appreciation and understanding of art. As an artist, I am often plagued by the frivolity of my vocation.
My early pen and pencil drawings led to a concentrated effort to comprehend and manipulate watercolor effectively. Although watercolor was challenging and beautiful, I needed something more.
By accident, I discovered collage...one of my most exciting artistic discoveries.I knew very little about the medium and my naiveté enhanced the creative process.
For my own amusement, I invent characters to fill my artwork...Icarus, Theodora, Poppy Girl and many yet to be given identities. They travel, age and confront various emotions and situations. Ihope to someday create a book about them.
As recent past-president of Greater Norristown Art League; an organization of then 650+ members, I have benefited from many valuable experiences, friendships and contacts.
My interests include mixed-media, watercolor, collage, found object assemblage, metal sculpture and recently, web design.
Shape, contrast, drama and humor are important elements of my work.
I am a signature member of the Philadelphia Water Color Society and the National Collage Society.
My goal is to encourage my students to create dramatic compositions and to discover a personal artistic vision.