STATEMENT: My passion is for the natural world and I am enamored with water, rocks and trees in all their manifestations. I find the medium that best conveys these wonders is sculptural acrylics. I begin with a charcoal sketch then build up the surface with modeling paste and gels, emphasizing the contrast in texture that I observe. I then apply the color to capture the richness of detail and the play of light on the surfaces. My landscapes and seascapes are inspired by my travels and enhanced by my imagination.
BIO: Joan has been a painter for most of her life, starting in oils, and discovering acrylics in the 1970’s. She studied art and architecture at Cornell University in upstate New York, and art at Colorado College. Her first exhibitions were in Tunis, Tunisia, and Washington, DC as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Joan has exhibited widely across the Southeast and in New Mexico, including the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC. Recently she exhibited in a national juried show at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis, MD and two juried NC-SC shows in Charlotte. She was honored to serve as Artist in Residence at Acadia National Park in Maine for the month of July 2011.
Joan’s works are in many private and public collections across the US and abroad. Her works have shown and sold in galleries in Santa Fe, NM; Raleigh, NC; Chapel Hill, NC; Saxapahaw, NC, and Salvo, NC. They can currently be seen at her Chapel Hill studio gallery, open year round by appointment.
Affiliation: Orange County Artists Guild