A Venezuelan native, Joanne lived in South America and Europe before immigrating to the United States in 1980. She is fluent in Spanish, since her mother’s roots are Spanish-Italian. Her father's ancestors sailed from England in the 1890's to settle on the Caribbean island of Barbados, where they still live to this day. The influence of this mixed cultural background plays an integral role in Joanne's vibrant paintings. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from TCU and after many years working in Graphic Design, Joanne has dedicated the last decade to her love of painting with Acrylics. Her work combines bold layouts and colors that express strong feelings about her subjects. Some paintings begin their voyage with handmade papers and various Acrylic Mediums. These harden to create various textures, keeping the creative process evolving and exciting. Acrylics dry fast so they lend themselves to many techniques and are very forgiving! Paint and dyes are brushed, scumbled, scraped-off or delicately glazed-over with colorful tints. Different materials like oil paints, pastels and rubbing alcohol are added to create repelling qualities and produce surprising visual effects. An electric sander is also used as a tool sometimes! All originals are available as Giclee Archival Prints, which can also be mounted on deep-profile wooden cradleboards. Many of Joanne’s customers request custom sizes to fit their personal décor. Joanne’s inventory includes Greeting Cards, Framed Ceramic Trivets, Calendars and Journals featuring her artworks. Joanne’s artwork has been featured at Local Art Walks, Studio Tours and Art festivals in the Puget Sound Area. Likewise at Front Street Gallery in Poulsbo, Washington where she is Manager and Board member.