Lost in Mountains, 2018-2019, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 84 x 60 inches.
Joanna writes on her work, "My work is an attempt to explain my world nonverbally through use of space, expression, color, and relationships between objects. I use both representational and abstract language, sometimes combining both, finding it unimportant to have a clear linear narrative. I enjoy letting the viewer find their own way."
Joanna Dion Brown grew up in a family of professional artists whose specialties ranged from painting and sculpture to graphic design and illustration. She learned to draw in her grandfather’s studio with his love, guidance, and amazing materials. Even after his death when she was 5 years old, she continued to spend time in the studio that her grandmother, a sculptor, kept intact for many years and loved to share. She later attended and graduated from The Cooper Union with a BFA in Painting in 1991. She soon found work as a graphic designer and worked in that field for 25 years. In the last 10 years Joanna has been working her way back to her roots in the fine arts and now paints in oil, acrylic and pastel in an expressive style that shifts between figurative and abstract. She also paints on her iPad Pro, a great way to work at home when not in the studio making a mess. She has shown work in the Jewish Art Salon’s exhibit The Invisible Jew, the Mill Studios annual Open House, and every day on her Instagram account @joannadionbrown. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and 3 teenagers.