Jo took art classes at Toledo Art Museum as a teenager, but later entered the Army Cadet Nursing Program. World War II ended before graduation and wishing to see the world and sketch it she took a job on the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica and later with the Special Services, attached to the Air Force in post War Germany. Later fortune took her to Japan with chances to sketch along the way in India and other ports of call, where she was usually followed by a curious procession of potential models. Kathmandu was a living art gallery; she made three forays there and left sketches with a helpful Sherpa.
Finally in Ladysmith she found time to paint, take art classes at Mount Senario College and do regional art shows. Her portrait of Ladysmith and the bullfighter were featured in the “Salute to Veterans Exhibit” but now hang in the FAC Gallery.