In these recent paintings, I use small objects such as dragons, candies, fruit, and rubber bands, to create miniature worlds which express an intangible thought or emotion in a visible form. The objects are chosen for their own unique characteristics, and as personal or cultural symbols. Through the joyous language of paint, I like to explore how these small common objects, alone and together, can symbolize feelings and states of mind from our daily lives.
Joanna grew up in Newfoundland, and received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and an MFA in painting at the University of Waterloo. Her work has appeared in over 70 exhibitions since then, including solo shows at Cambridge Galleries, Campbell House, and Hangman Gallery, and numerous juried exhibitions such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, the Artist Project, the Riverdale Art Walk and the Queen West Art Crawl. She lives with her husband and two children in Toronto.
White Rabbit Candies. Oil on canvas, 22 x 28”
Winter Pleasures. Oil on canvas, 36 x 36”
Get Back. Oil on canvas, 30 x 30”
Tea or Coffee. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20”.