Plein air painting for me is the most exciting way of painting – always chasing the light! Landscape painting in plein air is not only exciting but also challenging and stimulating. Painting on location invites me to a higher level of creativity through color and simply having nature surround me. Since I consider myself a colorist, I am inclined to heighten color, focusing on how it harmonizes with the subject and composition. Through my eyes, interpretation of the subject comes with emotion and spontaneity with the brush. The first impression is usually the best. I try to paint with a vision of what the end result might look like using the information before me. I look for a landscape or subject that excites the senses and says I must paint that! Painting is my idea of fun and work wrapped in one beautiful package. Something I cannot do without. Traveling in search of new subject matter helps keep the mind and paintings fresh and exciting.
Continuing with painting workshops is extremely enjoyable as painting is a never-ending learning process. There is always something else to discover. I have studied with renowned artists in the United States and have traveled to Europe to paint. My Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree come the Art School at Eastern Michigan University. Painting was my major and Art History a minor. An Associates Degree in Business Retailing was earned and ten years working as an Interior Designer was a rewarding experience. I have been awarded recognition in oils, mixed media, and acrylics.
Bill, my husband, and I owned and operated Sea Marsh Gallery in Bohicket, SC. We now reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Joan’s work has been in galleries in Charleston, SC and presently her works are at the Richard James Gallery in Charleston. Friedman’s Fine Art Gallery in Savannah, GA carries her works, along with Raiford Gallery in Roswell, GA and Stafford’s in Petoskey, MI. Her paintings are in residential and commercial collections around the world.