JoMerra Watson was born in 1996 in Chicago, IL.
Currently pursuing a BFA at the University of Missouri in Columbia, she works primarily in oil paint, acrylic paint, and charcoal. After being heavily involved in the series of events regarding race relations on her campus in the fall of 2015, her work has begun to focus on ideas surrounding the African American youth culture, representation, and history. JoMerra is influenced by artists such as Amy Sherald, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. Her particular aesthetic lies in creating color-saturated narrative portraits that seek to add to conversations about identity and the inherent power of women of color in a contemporary art and social justice context.
Accepted into her first juried exhibition in February of 2016, she now has multiple paintings that are apart of the permanent art collection at the University of Missouri. She has since participated in various exhibitions between Chicago and cities in Missouri, including the exhibitions organized and curated herself. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a MFA with an intention to contribute to development of underprivileged young artists through teaching.