March 31, 2015
Spectrum Gallery is ushering in the arrival of warm weather with the greens and blues of award winning oil painter, Joanne Geisel. Whether the trees are pointed towards the heavens or perfectly reflected in the sheen of the water, she perfectly captures the spirit of coastal North Carolina. The only thing missing from her paintings is the scent of a salty low tide.
Joanne will conduct painting demonstrations on April 7th, 14th and 21st from 11:00 till 1:00. Her artist’s opening reception is Thursday evening, April 16th, from 6:00-8:00. There will be refreshments and live music. You’ll enjoy meeting Joanne and watching her put everything but the salt air on a canvas.
Here are a few words from Joanne about her style and experience as a professional painter:
"I have been painting since I was a child, and having majored in art in college, I have returned to my love of oil painting and fulfilling a lifelong dream. As a North Carolina landscape artist, I am especially captivated by the ocean, marshes and magnificent skies. Painting outdoors en plein air enables me to immerse myself in nature and hone my knowledge and understanding of its endless colors, shapes and textures. Studio painting gives my painting another perspective. I find I can take more time to experiment with color, form, composition and subject matter. The other wonderful aspect of my work is teaching. Through teaching I have met amazing people who inspire me with their tenacity, insights and dedication. Together we focus on fundamental tools and the fun of oil painting. As a fairly new full time painter, I continue to be impressed by the number of skills that are required of an artist and the insights I gain about myself and my purpose."
“Most of my paintings reflect a moment in time where it is important to capture an immediate impression. I assess the composition, the values, the proportions and color, then I paint, all the while trying to maintain the initial feeling that drew me to paint that particular landscape, person or still life. Sometimes a small painting is completed in a single day. more often, the painting is completed in the studio. I refine and work on various elements while trying tenaciously to keep its freshness,” says Joanne of her work.
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