I was a delivery driver for my dad's printing company, which required driving throughout the Central Valley of California.
I got more satisfaction from my trips by making quick mementos with my Polaroid camera.
While traveling the backroads of these small towns, I'd often pause for a train, or watch patterns in cherry trees and orange groves. I noticed water towers and tires, metal buildings and abandoned cars, and of course, countless fruit and nut stands with hand-painted signs.
Jo Anne learned the rules of photography at San Jose State University and continues to break them. In addition to photography, Jo Anne experiments with collage, animation, mixed media, altered dolls, painting, and non-sappy crafting. She has shown her work in San Francisco, San Jose, and Fresno, and loves to share creativity with others. Her influences include Camille Rose Garcia, Liz McGrath, and Tim Burton among others. Her work can be considered dark and unusual, and somewhat surreal.
The Golden Afternoon Published October 21, 2009