Joanne Shank

I work in several different styles. Though these three styles appear very different, they are similar in that I am trying to capture the energy of the moment.

Using acrylic paint as a medium, I spend a lot of attention mixing the colors while referring to color combinations in nature. Then with careful manipulation, sometimes only using my hands, I allow the paint to pool and flow, creating the natural abstractions. Frequently I find some of the most exciting areas to be rather small, so photograph and enlarge the area creating new compositions.

Endlessly intrigued with nature, the focus of much of my paintings has been local birds and vegetation. My work is influenced by classes taken with several Chinese artists. The use of the bamboo brush and minimal brush strokes lends itself to the freshness of the subject. I continue to explore the fluidity of watercolor and strive to capture the energy of nature’s ever changing imagery.

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Musician Gesture Drawings
For years I have taken a sketch book with me when I go to listen to musicians perform. It’s part of the shared experience. Their music and energy influences the lines so it’s kind of like dancing on paper. It try to capture the essence with the fewest lines.

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Graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Member of Watercolor Society of Indiana
Bloomington Watercolor Society
Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington
Accepted in juried state WSI Exhibit at Indianapolis Museum of Art – 2016
Best of show, BWS Group Exhibit during month of Art of Chocolate – 2020
Member of Hoosier Artist Gallery in Nashville
Work currently displayed at –
By Hand Gallery
Venue Gallery & Gifts
ArtBeat Community Art Center