Hi, I'm Joanne
I love to paint the outdoors.
Living in British Columbia, Canada, I am inspired by mountain landscape and sunlit forest trees. My latest series released in late-Summer 2021 is titled “Forest Light”.
My paintings are of places I have been to from my experiences while road cycling, mountain biking and trail running. While I do these activities, I always carry a camera or even a sketchbook with me to take photos and document places. I then refer to these photos when painting.
I have been painting for 15 years. I first gained gallery representation in 2006 and have been painting consistently ever since. I have developed my own painting style using layers of discrete colors of brush strokes to create the scene.
I use acrylic paint and glazing mediums because they dry quickly, allowing me to add the next layer of paint quickly. I try to minimize the brush strokes in a painting, I focus on colors and let the brush strokes be visible in the final painting. The final painting better correlates to the memory of the place, which is not as detailed or precise as the photograph.
Below are some of the career highlight projects I have worked on...
Mural Paintings (2014 & 2017)
I have done 2 mural painting in the small town of Graniti Sicily during two separate art residencies. I chose to bring the sublime landscapes just outside the Graniti into the town with my murals. These two projects have been highlights for me as I was able to engage with the community and get to know the small town, by the end of each trip even speaking Italian! The ancient human history of Sicily is absolutely fascinating in contrast to Canada. I hope to return again soon! If you are interested in the mural program, you can learn more about it here: Graniti Murales.
Robot Art (2018 - 2021)
I am also known for using a robotic arm to create fine art paintings. This work earned a 5th place in the 2018 International Robot Art competition and international press. I have been featured on CBC radio, Google's Instagram and, most recently, BBC World News!
You can listen to my CBC North x Northwest Interview with Sheryl McKay here.
I incorporated algorithms and robotics into this work. I have installed painting robots in exhibits in Vancouver Canada, London UK and Los Angeles, US.
Since this work, I have returned to focusing painting by my own human hand these days, and you can see and acquire these paintings in my Painting Variables Etsy shop that specifically showing this abstract work. And likewise on my YouTube channel.