My portfolio is confusing with respect to the subjects I paint. In my bio page I sum it up to be my “everyday adventures”. I paint rainforests one day, urban West-coast cityscapes the next day and then rural hillside towns of Italy. When I did the North Shore Art Crawl earlier this year and showcased all my recent work together it created fantastic varied conversations with the viewer as varied as the artwork on the wall. It was an experience of seeing all the scenes that inspire me.

My portfolio mimics me as a person as I am inspired by so many things – mostly the process of learning & understanding (which is quite broad). I find travelling to foreign countries to witness new colours & locations also makes every day local scenes more inspiring too.

This morning I finished a daily painting (my 7” x 7” acrylic on paper pieces) of Gastown. I was in Gastown, Vancouver last weekend doing a painting demonstration at Opus Art Supplies. After the talk, I wandered Gastown and snapped a couple pictures of the steam clock, which I am painting this morning. Tourists gather around the steam clock waiting for it to blow-off steam.

The Gastown SteamClock in Vancouver painted by Joanne Hastie

Painting: Gastown Steam Clock, Vancouver, Canada, Acrylic on Paper, 7″ x 7″, available


As I was painting this scene, I realized that the piece I was working on had obvious similarities to the small painting I created last week… not only had the same colour palette but also an iconicclock! I had painted the clock tower of Gradara! I honestly did not make the connection until after painting – which made me think about the similarities of all the places I paint.

The Clock Tower in Gradara Italy painted by Canadian Artist Joanne Hastie

Painting: Gradara Clock Tower, Gradara Italy, Acrylic on Paper, 7″ x 7″, available

So I although I am inspired by places all over the world… perhaps at the end of the day they are not that dissimilar.

I’d love to share my varied portfolio with you:

I’d love to hear your feedback? What inspires you?

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