Jo Reitze

Jo Reitze (Mrs. de Carteret)

Qualifications: Higher Diploma of Teaching (Secondary Art & Craft) Majoring in Painting


Committee Member and Past President of MSWPS

Fellow Victorian Artists Society (FVAS)

Painting Tutor, Victorian Artists Society

Artist statement:

Born in Ballarat, Jo studied at Melbourne State College, majoring in Painting under A W. Harding. Her teaching career culminated in Coordinating Art at Canterbury Girls Secondary College for two decades.

Her move to Surrey Hills in the early 80s awakened her passion for painting gardens. Concurrently she continued painting dynamic coastal impressions. Both subjects celebrate nature, its beauty, and restorative qualities.

Her expressive, joyous paintings, in oils or gouache, are freely executed on location, with lyrical mark-making, vibrant colours, strong tonal contrasts and diverse patterns. They capture the essence of the scenes. In recent years she has also created pen drawings of these subjects.

Her early paintings of her original garden were the catalyst for establishing Jo Reitze paints your garden (Commenced 2005) where she immortalizes client’s gardens. Since, she has painted numerous gardens in Melbourne and country Victoria. This has ensured her focus on her own practice while painting in superb places and enabling social contact with other passionate gardeners. During this period, she also painted twenty gardens for SHNC ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’ Project and was Artist in Residence at Cloudehill, Olinda where she was filmed for Put Colour in Your Life. Her episode can be viewed on

Jo has been actively involved with MSWPS since 2010. She is currently a Committee Member and was formerly MSWPS President (2013-2016) and Bulletin Editor (2010-2018).

Jo has won numerous awards and has exhibited widely including as the invited artist for Whitehorse Artspace 2013. This exhibition, Jo Reitze ‘The Artist’s Garden’ was Officially Opened by Sophie Matthiesson, Curator Monet’s Gardens NGV.

Jo was awarded MSWPS Danks Trust Award 2017, MSWPS Annie Davison Oliver Award 2016 and received Highly Commended Certificates in MSWPS Annual Exhibitions of 2019, 2018 and 2016


Solo Exhibitions (recent):

2021         ‘Celebrating Life in Gouache Oil & Pen’ Retrospective Exhibition Victorian Artists Society Galleries

2021         ‘Garden Delights’                                  The Hive Gallery, Ocean Grove

2020         ‘Celebrating Life in Small Works’             Kinross Arts Centre, Toorak

2018         ‘Succulents in Situ’                                Kinross Arts Centre, Toorak

2015         ‘Garden Glimpses’                                 Tacit Contemporary Art, Abbotsford

2014         ‘Ocean Grove Impressions’                    Ocean Grove Uniting Church Hall

2013         ‘The Artist Garden’,                               Whitehorse Artspace, (invited artist)      Box Hill Town Hall

2012         ‘Cloudehill Impressions’                         Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill

2009         ‘Sea Air,’                                               Geelong Gallery (Shell Regional Artist’s Program).

Group Exhibitions (recent):

2019         Contemporary Exhibition                                               345 Art Creative, Mont Albert

2019         Earth                                                                            Space2B, St Kilda

2017         ‘90×90’ 90 artworks from 90 years of collecting  (Whitehorse Art Collection)       Whitehorse Artspace

2016         ‘Legacy of the Impressionists’                Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall (Invited to show with works of The Australian Impressionists and Mark Dober, Kathy Fahey & Philip Davey, three other Contemporary artists)

2016         ‘Little Gems’ with Marion Chapman                               Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill

2016         ‘Recollections’ with Louise Foletta, Celia Beeton, & Marian Rennie          VAS Galleries East Melbourne

2012         ‘Come into the Garden’ with Marion Chapman               Bayside Gallery, Brighton Town Hall

Finalist Selected Exhibitions:

2021                                 Geelong Contemporary Art Prize            Geelong Gallery

2020, 2018, 2016, 14, 12,   A.M.E. Bale Art Awards                         Glen Eira Council Gallery, Caulfield

2020                                 Southern Buoy Studios Landscape Prize Mornington

2020                                 Southern Buoy Studios Portrait Prize      Mornington

2019                                 Len Fox Prize                                         Castlemaine Art Museum

2019                                 Sacred Edge, Queenscliff                       Queenscliff Uniting Church

2019                                 Kenneth Jack Drawing Award                 AGRA Gallery Camberwell

2019                                 Eastbourne Art Prize                              Victorian Artists Society Galleries

2018, 2016, 14, 12,             A.M.E. Bale Art Awards                         Glen Eira Council Gallery, Caulfield

2019, 2017, 2014, 2013,     VAS Artist of the Year Final                    Victorian Artists Society Galleries

2013                                 Len Fox Award,                                     Castlemaine Art Museum

2013                                 Finalist, Borough of Queenscliffe,           150th Anniversary Art Exhibition

Recent awards:

2019                                 Second Prize Drawing                            Rotary Club of Ocean Grove

2018                                 Second Prize Oils                                   Bacchus Marsh Rotary

2017                                 Danks Trust Award                                MSWPS (108th Annual Exhibition)

2016                                 Annie Davison Oliver Award,                  MSWPS (107th Annual Exhibition)

2015                                 Best Oils                                               Bacchus Marsh Rotary Art Show

2014                                 Best in Show                                         Rotary Club of Ocean Grove

2013                                 Gordon Moffatt Award,                         VAS Artist of the Year Award Exhibition

2012                                 Best in Show,                                        Rotary Club of Ocean Grove

2012                                 Watercolour Society Australia,               Kenneth Jack Memorial Award (Flowers/Gardens)

Recent Commendations:

2019                                 Highly Commended                               MSWPS 110th Annual Exhibition

2018                                 Highly Commended                               MSWPS 109th Annual Exhibition

2017                                 Highly Commended                               VAS Applied International Contemporary Award

2016                                 Highly Commended                               MSWPS Danks Trust Award Exhibition,

2014                                 Highly Commended                               Strathdon Community Art Show

2013                                 Highly Commended                               Strathdon Community Art Show

1972 – 2010                       Received over 30 painting prizes including The VAS Lord Mayor’s Prize 1985 and The Royal                                               Overseas League, Mountbatten Award 1986 and numerous Highly Commended certificates.

 Art Teaching:

2018-20                            Painting Tutor Victorian Artists Society

2005-7                              VCE Art Teacher, Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College

1984-2005                         Art Coordinator, Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College

2000 (January)                     Exchange Art Teacher, Bunkyo University High School, Japan

1972 – 84                           Taught Art & Craft at Bacchus Marsh, Camperdown and Parkwood High Schools

Major Art Projects:

2015                                 Filmed painting at Cloudehill for ‘Colour in Your Life’   (View on

2009-11                            Artist in Residence, Cloudehill

2008                                 Beyond the Garden Wall Project (A Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre)

                                         I painted twenty gardens of Seniors to demonstrate how gardening enriched their lives).


2018         My oil painting of La Trobe’s Cottage is shown on Page 29 of The Gardens of The National Trust of Australia (Victoria) by Anne Vale.

2016         Imago Mundi, Looking Down Under       200 Contemporary Australian Artists   Luciano Benetton Collection

2015         ‘An invitation to wonder’ Chapel on Station Gallery     10th Anniversary Tribute Book (26 selectedartists)

2016         ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’,         (Twenty-two Gardeners and their Gardens)        Sue Barnett & Jo Reitze

2017         MSWPS – In Celebration of the 100th Annual Exhibition

Selected articles:

2021         Garden Delights                                                                        Bellarine Times, West Coast Times 29 April

2018         ‘The Canvas is Always Greener’ by Megan Backhouse                 Saturday Age Gardening, 17 March

2018         Hemmed in by Subdivision artist plants a creative haven             Sydney Morning Herald (on line)

2011         ‘Verdant Landscapes Close to Home’      by Denise Gadd,            The Age, Melbourne Life, 24 November

2012         ‘Gardens on Canvas’ “                           by Janet De Silva,          The Age, A2 Gardening, 16 July

Represented:        Melbourne City Council and Civic Collections of Banyule, Monash, Moorabool, Preston and Whitehorse as well as ANZ Bank, Victorian Artist’s Society and private collection in Australia and Overseas.