Portrait collections capturing Innovators - and their powerful stories.

Jo Napier blends research and art to create powerful, contemporary portraits for corporations, private collectors and public audiences.

Clients & Collections:

Companies like RBC believe in the power of art to enrich our lives and enhance our communities. My portrait collection - Great Women of Nova Scotia: The Nova Scotia Nine - was acquired by the Royal Bank of Canada for their National Art Collection. It captures social leaders, innovators and athletes who accomplished great things on Nova Scotia soil; they broke old barriers, built new bridges and paved new paths - female pioneers whose unique contributions to Nova Scotia – and Canadian history – are not well known. They are on view now at RBC Dominion Securities boardroom in Purdy’s Wharf, Halifax.

My new portrait collections honor Great Women of STEM; unsung female innovators in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This Is Women’s Work:

  • Winning Nobel Prizes – for medicine, chemistry, physics - while raising a family.
  • Solving the structure of penicillin - while cooking dinner for 3 children, a husband and managing chronic rheumatoid arthritis. 
  • Becoming medical  heroes.
  • Co-discovering nuclear fission.
  • Finding a treatment for leprosy.
  • Co-creating the drugs that treat AIDS and malaria and childhood leukemia.
  • “Saving” America’s space program (by co-creating “hydyne” – the rocket fuel that helped power Explorer 1 into space and history - without the benefit of a college degree).

The list goes on.

Women never “just” work. They live busy, often complicated lives. And (whether we know it or not) they get amazing things accomplished. I want my daughter - and yours - to know what powerful paths women have already paved. To inspire them to go out, and carve their own powerful paths. So, right now, I'm focusing on Great Women of STEM!

Contact me if you’d like to be one of the sponsors of my next Great Women of STEM portrait show, June 2017,  honoring Great Women of the Ocean, Earth and Sky - like Marie Tharp, and Cecilia Payne and Annie Jump Cannon. Who? Come and find out!

- Jo Napier