Jo Roets's background is in the film industry where she worked in the art department. She also had a full-time lecturing career, lecturing in painting, prosthetics, special effects, props fabrication, sculpting, mould-making and casting at a multimedia film school. In 2017, after 14 years as a senior lecturer, Jo exchanged her lecturing cap for that of a full-time artist.
Her abstract works conceived in ecru, ivory and earth tones, show the inspiration of patterns and shapes found in the visually and symbolically rich cultures of indigenous South Africans. They seamlessly incorporate elements from the visual symbols found in the wall paintings and beadwork of the Ndebele, Islamic prayer mats, the marital aprons of isiXhosa, Zulu earplugs and beer pots, the spiritual patterns of sacred geometry, sewing and crocheting techniques associated with her own Afrikaans culture and elements from her Portuguese ancestry.
- "Stay true to your authentic self and create work that is unique to you".
- "I look at patterns and shapes found in the visually and symbolically rich cultures of South Africa".