My artwork is of the places that I visit. However, when the paint finally touches the canvas, my ideas are often filtered by the art that I’ve seen. The colors, composition can be linked to some of my favorite paintings! I thought I would share a few examples of this (some of which I had made the connection after the painting was done!).

Robert Genn’s beautiful colours in this mountain scape inspired my painting of Black Tusk.


Black Tusk Hike by Joanne Hastie, 14″ x 18″ Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

I discovered Rentato Guttoso, a Sicilian artist, when researching a residency I did in Graniti, Sicily in 2014. I really enjoyed his paintings of market and rooftop scenes. It inspired both my Sicilian Rooftop painting & my Granville Island Market painting.

Sicilian Rooftops by Joanne Hastie, 24″ x 18″ Acrylic on Canvas

Another Renato Guttuso painting…

Granville Island Market by Joanne Hastie, 36″ x 36″ Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD

Canadian Artist & Group of Seven Member, AJ Casson’s rainy mountain scene inspired my Lionsgate Bridge painting. I actually had this painting as my desktop background on my computer for 6 months! As soon as I saw the contrasts of yellow & cold colors while going for a run on Stanley Park looking towards North Vancouver I knew it would make a fantastic subject.

Raining in North Van by Joanne Hastie, 40″ x 30″ Acrylic on Canvas – SOLD


I am certain there are many others in my portfolio that I haven’t directly thought about how they relate to the paintings I have seen – the ideas are somewhere deep in my subconscious. I am always inspired to go back to the studio and paint after visiting galleries to figure out what I’ve been inspired by to paint next.

What paintings have inspired your work? What paintings do you respond to?

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