JoAnn moved from the East Coast to the Northwest in her late twenties. She became more aware of her surroundings and gained an appreciation for nature and the great outdoors. She is inspired by the colors of nature, which she captures in her pastel landscape paintings. Her home in Sisters stimulates her senses andcreative process.
Currently, JoAnn is a partner in Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters, and a member of the Plein Air Painters of Oregon, Arts Central in Bend, and Sagebrushers Art Society Inc. For her website, click here.
Over the years, she has shown her work at Tumalo Art Works in Tumalo, DonTerra ArtWorks in Sisters, Bellevue Festival of the Arts and 6th Street Fair, Bellevue, WA, Fall, Summer Festivals in Bend, St. Charles Hospital, Deschutes Public Library in Sisters and Redmond, Starbucks in Redmond, Bend Senior Center, Sagebrushers, bad Three Birds Home & Gifts, Seattle, WA.
She studied art with many fine pastel artists including Dawn Emerson, Jennifer Evenhaus, Marla Baggetta of Western Oregon, Richard McKinley of Art in the High Desert, Joseph Lesser of Atelier J in Seattle, Seattle Academy of Fine Arts (now GAGE), Kirkland Art Center, and Ilona Ritter of Ilona Art Studio.
Passionate about life, art, and the creative process, JoAnn uses color, textures, and light in her journey of the senses. While she has worked with oils, acrylics and mixed media in the past, her greatest satisfaction comes from working with pastels. Subject matter primarily includes landscapes and abstracts. Much of her work is plein air.
JoAnn likens her diverse color palette to the diversity of the human spirit. She believes that we cannot effectively capture the essence of anything without experiencing it in the context of the environment in which it lives. This is true for the human spirit as well.
The richness and complexity of her work draws you into her paintings and brings you to a place of quiet within. JoAnn's passion for art and painting has contributed to her sense of well-being and inner peace.