I am a colorist and contemporary impressionist. Ninety percent of my painting are done
with a painting knife. My focus as an artist is color, seeing the way atmosphere affects
objects whether it be a landscape or a block study.
When visiting museums I have always been drawn to the Impressionist exhibits or the
bright colors of the moderns. I often thought, how do they do that? The answer is
observe. Take the time to look and see how the light affects forms, how one color
affects another color, then interpret it trying not to be too literal. I studied for several
years at the Cape Cod School of Art, mainly with the great Rob Longley.
I like to find beauty in common every day things. Sometimes, just taking a walk on a
certain day at a certain time is all that is required. The painting. “Old Truck” is inspired
by an old abandoned truck just up the street from me.
I am feeling a great need to paint plein air these days. Being cooped up in my studio,
although I love it there, is beginning to be confining. I think I better start painting blocks
I have been teaching for about 10 years. I believe it makes me a better painter.
Top Image: “Old Truck #2″ Oil on Board , 12×12″
Image Below: ‘The Bridge at Salmon Kill”, Oil on Board, 20×24″
Thank you Joan for writing this blog for us. Your work in Winter Warmer captures the spirit of our area and the amazing light play that winter can bring. These featured pieces of Joan’s and other work is available for purchase at The White Gallery.
During the month of March we are open Saturday and Sunday from 11-5pm. We are closed March 14th and 15th. We are also happy to make appointments for private viewings as well. Come by and see us soon.