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

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... read more
Art Journaling and Other Tidbits

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... read more

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So good! I think most people's "luck" is actually the result of a lot of hard work that nobody else sees. A good reminder for me that I don't have to rely on some magical "lucky moment" to succeed. :) ... See MoreSee Less

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A tattoo I designed recently and also the finished tattoo (which I did not do, since I'm not a tattooist haha) :D Kinda cool to see my design memorialized forever in a person's skin! ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting close to the finish line... just working on details now. Need to finish up the ground and some shading on the body/clothes. :) I also changed the background to be more of a peaceful night than burning city (also my hubs liked this better :) )

ETA: just a note that the background was NOT painted by hand, it was made using several pre-made brushes. :)
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