Artist Joanie Ford paints impressionist landscapes inspired by the ever-changing qualities of light. She first learned to paint as a teenager when her father taught her how to color photographs. "Color film was new and photographers commissioned black and white portraits to be hand colored," explains Joanie. In her twenties, she pursued a career in portrait photography and earned a Master Artist degree from the Professional Photographers of America. Joanie later returned to oil painting, and added pastels and watercolor to her skillset. Throughout her art career, she's worked to refine her craft through continued education and mentorship. Today, she works from a tidy home studio where she prefers a quiet environment. Every day she takes time to exercise outdoors and observe the people, pets and nature around her for painting inspiration.
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About The Artist
What I am inspired about, gives energy to what is within me and I feel a need to create. Where does this inspiration come from? My favorite definition of inspiration is imbued with the spirit to do something. Our beingness, our breath, is our spirit. For when we aspire to do something, we are breathing life into it. When we expire, we breathe out, sometimes for the last time. When we conspire, we plot something together, as to literally breathe together. If we perspire, we breathe through.
I find it most interesting that two people could look at a painting, listen to a concert, watch a football game, or a dance performance and feel two distinctly different feelings from the object they are viewing. One person enjoying the experience and one person barely tolerating it.
I conclude there must be something in the spirit of the artist and the spirit of the viewer that is touched or connected when viewing. Perhaps the source of the inspiration lies in the viewer, or the listener. Great as art, music or the baseball game is, it can only affect you if you are open and receptive to it.