Biography and Statement

Artist Biography

Artist Biography

Joanne is an emerging artist and long time resident of the Simcoe County area. She resides in Wasaga Beach, Ontario. After spending over 25 years in the service industry she decided to follow a life long ambition and go back to school to attain an art degree. Now after completing a four year BFA degree with Georgian College and Thompson Rivers University she is beginning a new adventure and is devoting her time to making art. She is a painter foremost working with acrylics and watercolour, plein air and in studio from photography.  Printmaking is another passion for her, creating anything from large format woodprints to small image transfers.  Her work is loosely representative to abstract, focusing mainly on landscape and nature. She is also an instructor and for a few years enjoyed a studio in Alton Mills.  Currently she is concentrating on traveling more and experimenting in digital painting formats

Artist Statement

“I reinterpret the banal experiences of our everyday life, sometimes with an unconventional depiction. It is in these familiar incidents that I feel we are truly ourselves. For me a simple moment can be extraordinarily spiritual or anguishing; an opportunity to reflect upon memories and emotions. Often our minds wander as we stroll down a path, engage in a routine task or notice a familiar object. It is that moment that I like to consider, reconfigure and communicate through my art making process. The viewer could feel perplexed, haunted or calmed by the images. We all have a personal method for deciphering what we see. It is how we individually process these events that make us all necessarily unique.”

Working mainly with painting, textile and print making media I look to mundane images in my immediate surroundings to connote my perspectives of comfort, discomfort, and the uncanny.