Laurie JoI was born and raised in Southern California. I love the ocean and mountains that surround this area.

I wanted to be a psychologist but decided that I wouldn’t make it if I couldn’t solve people’s problems, and besides it’s hard to spell. So I took the long way around to rediscover my love of all things ART. After taking classes at the local college and trying to decide what to do with my life I took an opportunity to go to Guadalajara, Mexico and spent the following year teaching English. While in Guadalajara I was able to travel by bus to lots of places, one of them being Puerto Vallarta. While visiting there I met an artist who encouraged me to pursue my love of art. When I returned to the U.S. I took printmaking, art, drawing and Spanish classes at the local college.

I returned to Puerto Vallarta and took a job at my friend’s gallery. I started out painting Watercolors with scenes from Vallarta and selling them to the tourists. I graduated to painting on cloth making windsocks with fish on them. Laurie Jo with her sisters Marsha and Nan Anyone who bought one of those got a bargain since I was recreating the fish on both sides of the sock! From windsocks I went to painting on t-shirts. I didn’t like the quality so I hired a local woman to sew shirts for me-the popular “blousons”. Returning again to the states I ran into a high school friend of mine who I knew owned a small store. I asked her if she would carry my clothing line and she suggested I participate in the Arts Festival she was promoting in Montrose. It was my first show ever and that was 37 years ago.

My loyal customers have been buying and enjoying my art and clothing since 1985. Thanks for supporting me! I appreciate it.

My designs are whimsical, colorful, fun, yet sophisticated.

Thanks for coming by. I hope I bring a smile to your face with my designs.