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Joan Hart

Joan Hart

Artist Work

Sunflowers II
2013
Oil on canvass
20"x16"
Marshy Creek
2017
Oil
24x36
Wind In The Lotus Fields
2017
Oil
20x24
Maasai
2016
Oil
61x12
Family
2016
Oil
20x16
Marsh House
2017
Oil
16x20

Artist Information

County
Queen Anne's County
Phone
301-646-6435
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I think of myself primarily as a landscape painter. I feel color and shape strongly and I find that the forms of the natural world epitomize the loveliness and strength of how these two elements interact. My first love as a painter is to be outdoors in the weather and changing light, trying to capture some spirit of the land that has moved me. I have also come to appreciate how those qualities of the landscape can be found in still life, and figurative painting. I am experimenting with pushing shape and color to a more abstract, elemental level while maintaining an emotional connection with my subject. What I love so much about making art is that it is always a journey and never a destination.

Artist Bio

My artistic life began formally, with a pottery course in Bethesda, Maryland.  I love working with my hands and particularly enjoyed hand building pots and carving them.  It was an easy step to sculpture, which I studied with Sinclair Hamilton, also in Bethesda.  I began to draw on my own and after taking several courses in that discipline, I was ready to try painting.  From my first class with Walt Bartman, I loved painting.  I am a stubborn, "learn everything on my own," sort of person and would have found it impossible to endure art instruction were it not for the patience, gentle creative guidance, and tolerance of my many fine teachers.  Since moving to the Eastern Shore in 2008,  I have benefitted from the wisdom and encouragement of teachers Nancy Tankersley, Katie Cassidy and Mathew Hillier. I have learned so much from the gracious generosity of my fellow artists.  You are all my teachers and I thank you.

My paintings, drawings and sculptures have appeared in juried shows at the Foundry Gallery, Eklektikos Gallery, Rockville Art League, Montgomery County Art League, Yellow Barn, Glen Echo Gallery, Old Brick Inn, and the Chestertown Arts League.  I have also exhibited in shows at the Kent Island Federation of the Arts, Art Academy of Easton, Chesapeake College, and the Easton Club.