Jo LeMay Rutledge
Jo LeMay Rutledge who is
native to Texas in every way but birth didn’t start her career in oil
painting. Born 1949 near a Boston airbase, her parents moved to the
Metroplex where Rutledge got her MS at the University of Texas Austin in
Clothing, Fashion and Design. Afte graduation she began her training as
a buyer for Neiman Marcus. It was a lot of numbers and not the level of
creativity she longed for. That followed with a MS at OSU to teach in
college. With no formal training, she started in an adult painting class
in 1994 at 45 years old with well know landscape artist Dennis Blagg.
Soon after began a process of self teaching, and at almost 60, her debut
was at the notable gallery, ArtSpace 111 in Fort Worth after receiving
several mentions in newspaper over the years. Her repertoire is wide but
has settled on the local genre of Texas themes for the time being.