This is my opportunity to share with you some of what I've been working on. I work in watercolor, acrylic and oil, and enjoy painting "critters", figures and local landscapes.
I love painting domestic "critters", and have completed a series of cow paintings I consider my "Divine Bovine" collection. That has been followed by additional paintings of other domestic and wild animals, which are collectively called my "Divine Menagerie". I attempt to capture the personalities of my subjects, and consider my paintings to be portraits of these beautiful creatures.
I have been active in a local Figure Drawing group for the past 30 some years. I have found that life drawing is the best way to learn to see - and will definitely improve both your drawing and painting skills. My figures are completed in charcoal or conte crayon, graphite and watercolor, or graphite wash, which is a recent favorite medium for me.
Similar to life drawing, plein air painting is an excellent way to learn to see and paint from life. It challenges you to quickly apply all the principles of painting to capture light, shadow, color, perspective, and atmosphere in order to provide a fresh look at the scene before you.
Plein air painting of Gulf coastal scenes is a current obsession. Joanne paints with a local group of fellow plein air painters (PleinAirSouth), who have been featured in several exhibits at the Mobile Arts Council. She has also participated in several regional plein air painting events.
Joanne's "Divine Menagerie" paintings were featured in a solo exhibit at the Mobile Arts Council in 2016. She continues to add to her "critter" menagerie.
Joanne's work can currently be seen at the Dauphin Island Gallery, Dauphin Island, AL; or in her studio at the Central Arts Collective in Mobile, AL.