Biography / Artist Statement
Jody earned her degree in art from Abilene Christian University and went on to study painting under Hall of Fame artists, Daniel Greene and Emily Guthrie Smith. She values most the education she received from her mother, Conny Martin, under whose tutelage she learned classical drawing and contemporary design.
Jody is a signature member of several associations, including the Pastel Society of America, where she has exhibited in New York. Other associations include the American Impressionist Society and American Women Artists. She has won awards in national and international shows.
Jody’s paintings have been published in Pastel Journal, Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, American Art Collector Magazine, Richeson75 International-Portraits/Figures, Strokes of Genius 10: Inspiring Subjects, Richeson75 International-Landscapes, Seascapes & Architecture, Richeson75 International-Animals & Wildlife, and the Dallas Morning News.
She taught art in Carrollton for 16 years where she loved helping her students learn to see the world through artists’ eyes. She’s passionate about teaching students of all ages to believe in themselves and to create from their hearts. She now lives in Kyle, Texas and is painting full time.
North Light Book’s Strokes of Genius
Richeson75 book Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2020
IAPS The Globe Fall 2020
American Art Collector magazine, “Citiscapes”
Better Homes and Gardens magazine
Juried into the Pastel Society of America Membership Show in New York
Juried into 2020 International Association of Pastel Societies online show
Gold Metal in Pastel, Bosque Art Classic
Richeson75, Meritorious Selection 2020
Best of Show, Austin Pastel Society
Award of Excellence, Pastel Society of New Mexico
First Place, Central Texas Pastel Society
“FAV 15”, Bold Brush International Competition multiple times
Finalist $6,000 purchase prize, McKinney Performing Arts Association
Pastel Society of America, American Impressionist Society, American Women Artists, Outdoor Painters Society, Pastel Society of Southeast Texas, Pastel Society of New Mexico, & signature member of the Pastel Society of the Southwest