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In the aftermath of two hurricanes, Cape Cod endured two weeks of dense fog. We were the lucky ones.
oil
16x8
2017
$1600
High clear blue sky over low horizon at the Orleans, Massachusetts salt flats on Cape Cod.
oil
16x8
2017
$1600
Soaring vertical composition of storm over Lynn, Massachusetts, yields an abstract composition keyed to Rothko.
oil
16x8
2017
$1600
Abstract-realist oil painting, "Concord," by American artist Jo Brown, depicting still water in a tidal pool at dusk.
oil
8" x 10"
2015
Jo Brown, "Light" (©2014) 20" x 16" oil on archival canvas board 9.14 IMG_0608
oil on archival canvas board
20" x 16"
2014
$2400
Jo Brown, "Flood Tide," 8" x 16" oil on archival canvas board (2013)
oil on archival canvas board
8" x 16"
2013
Jo Brown, "September" (© 2013) 
[Ref. # 9.4.13.4]
oil on archival canvas board
16" x 8"
2013
 Jo Brown, "Peace," (2013) Painted alla prima at Fisher Beach, Truro, MA, September 2013
oil on archival canvas board
16" x 20"
2013
$2000
Jo Brown, "Big Pink Cloud" (copyright 2011) 16" x 20" oil on archival canvas board depicting Cape Cod Bay seascape in luminist yet abstract style.
oil on archival canvas board
16" x 20"
2011
$2400
Jo Brown, "Gratitude," oil on archival canvas board, 8" x 10" (2011
oil
8" x 10"
2011
$800
Jo Brown, "Portrait in Red," oil painting on archival canvas board, 12" x 16" (2011)
oil
12" x 16"
2010
$1600

How do we injure and punish one another, by law? We deprive each other of access to the beauty and bounty of nature. How do we injure one another extrajudicially? By failing to see each other as beautiful, and therefore worthy of respect, honor, and protection. In this failure, we become ourselves less worthy, less just, less beautiful.

Beauty repairs the world by helping us to see. It trains our attention and forces us to look outside ourselves, the first requirement of empathy, and therefore of justice.

Beauty impels us to create, endlessly, until eventually there will be “enough.” But there is already enough, if we can see it. This is why I put myself out there, exposed to the elements. Realism, naturalism, places us in the embrace of nature, in its reassurances about nature’s greatness and our own smallness. It urges me toward unselfishness and humility, toward justice.


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Artist Bio

Educated in fine arts at Yale, Jo Brown studied sculpture with Erwin Hauer, painting with the late Bernard Chaet, the teacher of Richard Serra and Chuck Close, among many others. Her advisor was the celebrated painter William Bailey, an heir to Giorgio Morandi. At Yale, Jo Brown worked extensively in photography, and appreciated the work of photographers Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Walker Evans, and painters Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, and Edward Hopper. As a landscape painter she is self-taught, and counts Fitz Hugh Lane, John Frederick Kensett, Mary Cassatt, Edouard Vuillard, Giorgio Morandi, Mark Rothko, and the Dutch and Flemish seascape painters as major influences. She lives in her favorite place, Baltimore.

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