The Heroine’s Journey of Jo Jayson

What is the best thing that I love about my work?
It expresses what I think and who I am, it’s a total reflection of me, so I guess that’s a good reason to love it. Its inspired many people, and that’s a good reason to be grateful for it.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?
I think I’d rather attain contentment and peace, happiness is fleeting. Contentment and peace have to come from within, whatever your circumstances. I’m working towards that.

What is my greatest fear?
Umm… not being able to look after myself, support myself, its dogged me all my life.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
I don’t deplore anything in myself, why would I do that?. But I don’t like that I worry, I’m working on trusting more every day. I’ve had the trust knocked out of me over the years. Implanting it back in takes a while.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
I think everyone who is working on expressing themselves creatively or intuitively or teaching others to heal and empower, all of them have something to bring to the table to elevate consciousness and rise humanity up inch by inch. All of us contribute.

What is my greatest extravagance?
I just moved into a new home, I just bought myself all new everything, furniture and all, it was extravagant and I over spent but now it feels like a completely new fresh start, and it was worth it. A whole new beginning.

On what occasion would I lie?
I would never want to insult someone or make them feel bad about themselves. I would tell a white lie for that. Sometimes a tell a little lie to get out of something I don’t want to do 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
That I’m never completely satisfied. But most artists aren’t
I’d like to paint quicker, I’m a terribly slow painter.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
I was teaching a retreat in Orcas Island based on my self- published book, I received an email from a publisher that they wanted to pick up the book and re-publish it. I was deeply grateful and proud of my work then, especially teaching a group of women what I had worked on for so many years and see come to that fruition. Was a great moment.

If I could, what would I change about myself?
I think we all strive to be better, feel better, act better, look better…. that’s a good thing but we also have to come to an acceptance of ourselves where we are at now. I’d like to be more disciplined. I’m not good with discipline.

What is my greatest achievement in work?
Apart from the 3 paintings I kept for myself, I have sold all my paintings. That’s a great achievement I think….and proud of my book. It was a long journey to bring it together and a beautiful confirmation when it was picked up by a publisher.

Where would I most like to live?
Next to the water someplace quiet.

What is my most treasured possession?
My gift for painting, not sure what I would do without that……. and a Conker (horse chestnut see) my dad gave me that he has had since he was a little boy back in England.

What is my most marked characteristic?
I have a lot of hair and a big smile 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
Anyway near the water, the Hudson river, the long island sound…the beaches, being by the water inspires me.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city?
Ill take a cozy restaurant or somewhere nice outside to eat, I’m not too fussy. The right company makes the place feel perfect.

What books influenced my life and how?
Shakti Gawain’s book Creative Visualization was simple and profound for me when I was in my early 20’s. It laid the path for my own empowerment spiritually And Chagall’s biography My Life, it sparked me into knowing I wanted to paint.
Who are my favorite writers?
I don’t really have favorite writers rather I have favorite books. Love Philip Larkin’s poems because they remind me of home in the UK…. Remains of the Day and Unbearable Lightness of Being were profound books about human fragility to me, all the Hobbit books because I want to live inside them, and Anam Cara and John O’Dononhue’s writings. In most recent years I’m fascinated by ancient wisdom and mystical truths so I read a lot of non fiction now but my most treasured book is s little old book from 1936 called Grass if Parnassus , an anthology of poems. It’s falling apart and I guess it’s almost vintage but it’s deeply treasured.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

“Stairway to Heaven”

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
Every day I meet heroes and heroines, the everyday person just pulling it all together, coping and managing with their circumstances and still putting a smile on their face and contributing to humanity in some way.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
All 3 hobbit movies 

What role plays art in my life and work?
Art, whether it be visual, dance, music or whatever, it’s there to feed the soul
If it’s not feeding the soul, then it’s not art.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
My two children.

Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
No one in particular, I’m open to all to inspire and be inspired.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?
I don’t have a longing to meet anyone in particular…. happy for the spontaneous encounters.

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
My next painting

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
In a more productive place than I am now, I’m always striving to do more, create more, teach more. I’d like to have more paintings knocked out, as I said before, I’m ridiculously slow in getting one out.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?
I think if you lose your passion then you lose your ‘joy to be’. If there’s not ‘joy to be’, then you are in trouble.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
A beautiful lady called
Rose Marie Raccioppi

How can you contact me?

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