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

The Most Painful Part of My Art Process

The Most Painful Part of My Art Process

I really don't like to redraw things. Once I use a particular reference photo, I can't ever use it again, because I'm bored with the subject and want to do something new. Objectively, I know that lots of practice makes me better and I may need to redraw a base sketch...

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Win the Ultimate Joanna Marie Art Bundle!

Win the Ultimate Joanna Marie Art Bundle!

It's giveaway time!   I'm launching an online print store on August 12, and as a preparation celebration, I'm doing a giveaway for the ultimate Joanna Marie Art bundle! I've always loved drawing and painting faces. It's the eyes that captivate me, the emotion...

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Recent Facebook Posts

“Waffle Cone”, part of my Sugar Hair series. The lineart was done for #inktober2017 and I colored it digitally. 🙂 Inspired by a photo on the @sktchyapp #inktober #sugarhair #icecream #wafflecone #sprinkles #dessert #colorful #blackwoman #sktchyinspired #portrait #portraiture #azartist #AZ #localartist ... See MoreSee Less

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Come see me and my art in person at the AZ Hip Hop Fest in less than a month, Nov 11! I will be doing a live painting allllll day! Visit the site at @azhiphopfest to purchase tickets! The festival runs from 10am-10pm... be there or be square! #azhiphopfestival #artfestival #localart #localartaz #liveart #joannamarieart #livepaint #azartfestival #phoenixart #mesaarts #fineart #portrait #portraiture #portraitartist ... See MoreSee Less

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“Licorice”, from my “Sugar Hair” series. I also fixed the eyes, because once I posted, I realized the alignment was a hot mess, but was set down in ink, so I couldn’t fix until my digital coloring. 😂 #inktober #inktober2017 #digital #licorice #candy #lollipop #fantasyart #sugarhair #blackwoman #sktchyinspired @sktchyapp ... See MoreSee Less

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