Joanne is a Canadian artist working in a variety of mediums which include graphite, colour pencil, watercolour and acrylics. She started her career as a physiotherapist in the eighties and in the late nineties while raising her 3 children she picked up a paint brush and started painting. Excited about her new hobby she was able to take a few workshops with notable artists in watercolour and pastel (1998). During that time she started commissioned works in graphite and colour pencil, primarily portraits as well as taking up decorative painting with acrylics. Joanne moved to Temiscaming, Quebec in 2000 and put the brushes aside while focussing on family. It was in 2012 Joanne resumed her passion for painting with tremendous focus and hasn't stopped since. Presently Joanne exhibits her work in her own home studio in Temiscaming, teaches art classes to children and adults, does commissioned pencil and colour pencil portraits and custom paintings for private collections as well as creating works for gallery exhibitions. Joanne is also working on a line of hand painted bangles and pendants as well as a line of hand crafted ornaments for Christmas. For the past few years Joanne has also been establishing a portfolio of window painting designs for businesses.
I am inspired by nature and my work reflects both its simplicity and complexity ; from the gnarled texture of tree bark , to the intricacies of a sparrow's feathers or to the softness of a baby's cheek. Painting and drawing is a very thoughtful process, although I love the freedom to just pick up a brush and paint with abandon, to take multiple paths, use a variety of materials and tools at my disposal and create. I also love the controlled, detailed work of pencil that allows me to build layers and depth of colour and texture. My medium of choice is acrylics for its versatility, both in medium and tools, its ease of application , and I particularly love the use of both brush and palette knife to apply bold colours and create fabulous textures. Recently I have added mixed media to my repertoire, primarily paper collage. Art is a way I connect with nature and allows me to see more than what is right in front of me. Art is always learning and creating, both which fuel a passion in life.
A Quick Look at Articles of the United Nations Migrant Workers Convention that Joanne created illustrations for
Migrant workers and members of their families have the same right as citizens to receive any medical care that is required to avoid permanent harm to their life or health.
Joanne Abbott © Health Matters! Article 28
The children of migrant workers have the same right to an education as citizens. Access to public schools cannot be denied to a migrant child who is undocumented or whose parents are undocumented.
Joanne Abbott © Education Matters! Article 30