Artist StatementThrough representational painting I hope to give power, energy and emotion to inanimate objects. I use hand ground paint in the traditional methods and materials similar to those of the Great 17th Century European Masters. This achieves a radiant, luminescent quality in the painting that is not present in modern mass manufactured paint and medium. I strive for bold, engaging compositions that emphasize the simple strength of the subject matter.
Joan Brady is a classically trained artist specializing in the methods and materials of the Great Masters. Her paintings are meticulously created from conception to completion. Panels receive 8 coats of gesso before they are “toned” with a neutral color. Each color is carefully crafted by mixing dry pigment with Black Oil on a marble slab with a palette knife. As she paints, Ms. Brady adds touches of Maroger Medium, the ingredients having been researched and formulated to replicate those used by artists in 17th Century Europe. In her most recent body of work, Ms. Brady applies this traditional approach while exploring contemporary compositions. Ms. Brady Received a B.A. degree from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts where she received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize in Art. Most recently, she studied at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, Maryland and with Master painter Mathew Zoll. Joan Brady’s paintings are found throughout the Mid-Atlantic region in the form of murals, trompe l’oeil, and framed works. Past clients include the Henry DuPont Winterthur Museum , Delaware; and The Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania. She has appeared on Lifetime Television, and her work has been published in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. She won the Maryland Wine Festival Poster competition in 2000, which was used in all marketing of the Festival. In 2006, Ms. Brady was awarded the Summer Residential Artist Fellowship at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Ms. Brady currently teaches Art at Saint Mary’s High School in Annapolis. She also is the Youth Instructor at Zoll Studio in Lutherville, MD.