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Art critic David Betz described Joan's artistic expression as "sensual organic abstract painting," a testament to her connection with nature and an enduring commitment to the intrinsic design of natural elements. In her ongoing series, "Earth Objects," she manifests these concepts by delving into the organic treasures discovered along local hiking trails—twigs, leaves, and pods.

Recently, Joan's creative journey has taken an intriguing turn as she explores the juxtaposition of ceramic animals with natural objects. This new direction adds a dynamic layer to her artistic repertoire, presenting a unique fusion of tangible and crafted elements.

Her fascination with direct painting and alla prima techniques comes to the forefront, showcasing a commitment to capturing the immediacy and vibrancy of the artistic process. This approach involves a spontaneous and direct connection between the artist and the canvas, resulting in works that encapsulate the moment's energy.

In the previous "Earth Objects" series, Joan employed a captivating process she named "image archaeology™." Through meticulous steps involving digital manipulation and physical application, she revealed the skeletal essence of the gathered objects. This systematic recovery of imagery within the painting's ground, akin to an archaeological dig, has become a defining aspect of her artistic identity.

The core of "image archaeology™" lies in the constant search for the middle ground—the space between the figure and the ground. This exploration unfolds through the thoughtful application of paint and projected thoughts, creating a visual dialogue that transcends the physical canvas. What emerges is not just a painting but an intimate energy exchange between the artist and the picture plane, resulting in a captivating work of art that embodies the essence of nature, process, and personal connection.

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