Joanne works in a diverse range of styles and mediums and from many different sources and subject matter. She loves colour and light and the drama of weather. Although she might be painting a particular place, her aim is not simply to record the view - but more the experience of being in that place… the time of day, light, weight and surge of water, the feel of sun, rain or relentless wind.
Joanne works intuitively and experimentally. She loves the quick versatility of pastel, with its sumptuous depth of colour and ease of application. Equally she likes working in acrylic where she uses additions to paint such as collage, tissue, sand, silver and gold pigment - anything to enrich the surface as if she was trying to sculpt the image out of the canvas as well as paint it. When out in the landscape Joanne does small sketches – working quickly with whatever materials are nearest to hand.
The larger pieces done in the studio tend more towards abstraction, as she utilizes her memory and imagination of the place. Here the work can almost reveal itself, like a slowly remembered dream, as she over-paints, revises, changes, takes a leap into the unknown – in an attempt to capture that spark of inspiration and intangible essence of a moment.
Born in Surrey in 1962, currently lives and works in Surrey
1980 - 85 - trained as a classical pianist at the Royal College of Music, London.
1990 - 92 – Art Certificate Course at Putney School of Art and Design.
Currently exhibits with The Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, Claremont Antiques, Sevenoaks and Will’s Art Warehouse, Putney Heath
Solo shows at Thirteen Langton Street (Bernard Chauchet) – 2005 and 2008.
Exhibited extensively at the Mall Galleries, London with The Pastel Society, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and The Society of Women Artists.
2015 - The Buzzacott Award, Pastel Society
2015 - The Derwent Award, Pastel Society
2012 - John Longley Prize, Pastel Society
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Joanne Last PS - 2018