Janita K. Lo was born in China and fled to Hong Kong with her family before the Communist took over her country. She was educated at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, University of Houston and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1965. Ms. Lo has won more than a dozen design awards of her interior design projects from The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Her watercolor and sketches are part of the crucial design process and key to her success in conveying the concept to clients.
Client-commissioned artwork created by Janita K. Lo has been installed throughout her projects such as the Treemont Hotel, Galveston, The Wyndham Heritage Hotel Galvez, Walt Disney World Resorts, and First United Methodist Church. She also provides commissioned work for private and commercial clients. Ms. Lo’s recent watercolor work focuses on portraits of people. She won several awards from the Watercolor Art Society of Houston (WASH) exhibits. Her watercolor Eye Series Collection is now a permanent exhibit at The University of Houston College of Optometry, University Eye Institute.
Ms. Lo’s strong faith in God leads her work into special spiritual journeys. In portraits, Ms. Lo believes that the eyes are the window to the soul, thus she was emotionally and spiritually in-tune with the subject while painting; she captures the essence of the moment through their eyes. Her other watercolor work is inspired from her personal photography during her extensive travels around the world. Her diversified work features classical techniques and realism interpretations capturing the subject’s emotions. Some of her works are in quick sketch with a watercolor wash technique and others are bold in color with a contemporary approach.
Ms. Lo is also the author of a new historical novel about her late father Khan Ling’s life in China, ”Rising Son: Reflections of a Chinese Gentleman Warrior”. Starting from the late 1800’s through WWII, the book captures her grandfather, a royal commander of Ch’ing Dynasty and his descendents’ lives and trials during the China-Japan war. The book is available at Amazon.com, Kindle eBook, and Barnes & Noble NOOK. Visit her website about the book and check out her YouTube video interview here.
Ms. Lo is a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Austin and is a Certified Interior Designer by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners. She is also a member of WASH and the Episcopal Church and Visual Arts (EVCA)