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Inspired by nature & the sea

Joanne is an abstract artist living and working in West Cork. She worked as a professional Interior Architect for 15 years between Ireland and Canada. Joanne studied Classic Realism in ‘Nicole Sleeth Atelier’ while living in Vancouver. It was after this that her creativity ‘sparked’ and she started to experiment with media and style which eventually transitioned into abstract paintings.

Her work has an abstract ethereal quality which is characterized by a colour palette, layered with a mixture of muted deep tones and splashes of bright colour. Her work is light and fresh, and the compositions are a delicate balance of intricate forms and concentrated layers of colour. Her artwork is intuitive interpretations of nature, which transitions from the initial splash of accidental ink/paint and onto a more detailed direction after that.

 

Her work generally evolves and grows through a process of beginning with lots of background movement of translucent ink and paint, that are dried and layered upon on canvas or panel. Then working through a process of subtraction removing areas to reveal what’s beneath. She then starts adding darker tones and removing some to reveal highlights, this is done using alcohol to remove or lighten the ink, or water if using paint. Many of her pieces are then finished with a clear glass like topcoat of resin using a heat gun to fix and letting it set for several days. She would typically clean up any resin overflow using a sander on the edges and finally frame the piece. I paint on canvas, paper and panel depending on the effect and size of the piece.

Joanne’s paintings have a theme of sorts however she doesn’t use reference images, but gathers her ideas and inspiration when walking in nature or by the sea. 

Joanne’s work is held in private collections all over the world.