Joanna Barnum is a Harford County, Maryland based illustrator and fine artist
whose expressive watercolor style stretches across several genres, including
conceptual portraiture, narrative illustration for children and adults, wildlife and culinary
illustration, and illustrations celebrating Baltimore and Maryland themes.
She also paints fine art watercolor portraits of people, pets, and homes for
private clients and exhibits her work locally and nationally. Commission information is
available at www.joannabarnum.com and prints of work are available to purchase at
jbarnum.etsy.com. Joanna has also competed in several juried plein air landscape
painting competitions, including Easels in Frederick 2014, Mountain Maryland 2014,
Paint Annapolis 2014, Paint It! Ellicott City 2013-2015, and Piedmont, NC Plein Air
Joanna is an adjunct faculty member of Carroll Community College as a
watercolor instructor. She has taught workshops through Towson Arts Collective, the
Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and is
available as a guest workshop instructor or demonstrator, with a focus on portraits in
watercolor and life drawing and painting from dancer models.
Illustration clients include UMBC Magazine, Austin Food & Wine Festival, North
American Review, Cricket, Eating Well, and numerous small presses and local
businesses. Joanna has had her work honored as “Chosen” illustrations by American
Illustration in 2010 and 2012, was included in the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles's
Illustration West 51 exhibit, and her work was included in The Big Book of
Contemporary Illustration from Anova Books in 2009.
Joanna earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she
majored in illustration and minored in art history. She is an accredited member of the
Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, and is a signature member and board member of
the Baltimore Watercolor Society.