What Inspires You?

Faces. Seeing how every little stroke can change an entire expression. Watching a person come to life through paint and pencil and brush.

Horses and felines, particularly the big cat variety. Both of these animal types are some of the most graceful and aesthetically pleasing to my eye, personally.

“Art is all about inspiration, bringing something new and magical to the world. For some, that is clouds, for others a bowl of apples. For my portraits, eyes are the biggest inspiration. Capturing the essence of a person through a shadow, a twinkle, a shade of blue. That little smirk, the curl of a lip.” Read more about Joanna Marie’s inspiration and history

Filling the world with a little beauty, hope, and subtle magic – one painting at a time.

Recent Blog Posts

In Remembrance: Paul Johnson

I love to see a painting at the beginning at and the end, musing over everything that came in between and never quite sure how I got from a blank canvas to the finished painting. “In Remembrance” is a project I started up some time ago, but have only done...

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Art Journaling and Other Tidbits

I wrote a while ago (Ok, ok… a year and a half ago…) about creating an art journal (you can read about that here). At the time, I intended to do mainly Lord of the Rings art in the journal, but it largely went neglected. Today, I decided that LOTR would...

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Recent Facebook Posts

"If you find yourself criticizing other people, you are probably doing it out of the Resistance. When we see others living their authentic selves, it drives us crazy if we have not lived our own. Individuals who are realized in their lives almost never criticize others. If they speak at all, it is to offer and encouragement." Steven Pressfield, The War of Art ... See MoreSee Less

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"Determination", the second in my 3 painting series for the FAIR Girls Vida home. 🙂

Acrylic paint, 20"x24"
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Getting the eyes finished is the first step of the final stage of the painting. ❤ ... See MoreSee Less

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