Jo Friel – CKAG Member

As a child my extended family included musicians, artists and craftsmen. Nearly everyone had a creative talent of some kind.
Both my parents were artists: my mother was a graphic artist, and my father an oil painter who also used his mechanical talents to animate some of his creations. He worked as the entire “art department” for a distillery in Louisville and decorated
liquor stores, bars and restaurants—especially around Derby time. I grew up in the midst of all this creativity and wanted
to be a part of it.

After marrying in the 1950’s, I gravitated to interior design and spent most of my working life in this field, finally
buying a design firm of my own in the 1980’s in Florida. When my husband took a position as Master Distiller in Bardstown in 1989, I moved my business there in 1990 and operated it until I retired in 2008. Not wanting to stop being creative, I switched back to an early love of mine: watercolor painting.

I have a BA from U of L in Economics with a minor in Art History and have taught various facets of Art and Interior Design.
Music drew me to the piano as a child and after 12 years of lessons taught beginning piano students for several years when my children were young.

I am a member of a Plein Air painters group, the Kentucky Watercolor Society and the Central Kentucky Art Guild where I served 4 years as Workshop Chair. As a painter, my subjects tend to be people (in groups or as a portrait), landscapes, animals, and architecture (exteriors and interiors). Having taken many workshops from talented professionals over the years, I feel that my work continues to improve.

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