Jo Caya

Mentor

Most of my life, I have made things: folk art, furniture, dolls, and now, fine art photography. The need to create, plan a project, and achieve my vision is vital to me. I can’t imagine my life without making art. Earlier in my life, I was given the gift of a formal art education. I began to see things in a completely new way: the beauty of a line, the brilliance of a color, the essence of a subject as captured by a camera. Each day, I get new ideas, keeping me excited and motivated. I feel like a kid inside.

APP has changed my life in so many ways, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Each week, I have a nurturing environment where I can share my artwork. I have made great friendships with fellow artists, who are supportive and encouraging. I am inspired by my APP classmates every week, as well as by artists Tom Balys, Ken Johnson, Frida Kahlo, and Salvador Dali.

I was born in Helsinki, Finland, and grew up in Columbia Park, Maryland. I moved to southeast Ohio in 1994, and have enjoyed the peace and beauty of the area ever since. I studied photography at Ohio University, where I graduated in 2012 with my B.S.S. degree in the arts. My experience at OU, combined with the suggestions of friends and my counselor, prompted me to join the Athens Photographic Project in the spring of 2014. I appreciate the friendliness of the group, as well as the opportunity to learn more about photography and techniques that give me greater artistic control. Photography and all creative processes give me the freedom to express my feelings and illustrate what is important to me. Sharing my images with others allows me to feel like I am a part of something.