I explore a variety of creative techniques with various artistic tools and mediums such as, acrylic, watercolour, ink, pastels, and charcoal on surfaces like canvas, paper, wood and stone. These personal and collective stories reflect how I have used visual arts as a tool to move through adversity, heal, imagine and empower myself. My art is my voice and very little planning goes into each unique peace. I prefer to take a more organic approach to creating my pieces where my spirit leads my process. I choose to use this movement in a meditative way to express my present state being. I focus on something or someone, and put forth intention to work it out through each creation. My work is a layered spectrum of feelings transformed into colour, design, shape and dimension. I express myself through creativity to inspire others to do the same because it’s through this process that we bring a voice to each and every one of our unique stories and experiences. When we feel heard we begin to heal and be empowered and as a woman artist of colour, it is important that my voice be heard and included in the very fabric of the community!
Creative Community Ajax
Exploring Canadian Identity on Turtle Island through three lenses
- Indigenous resilience, strength and presence through work by Chief Lady Bird and Aura
- Newcomer Canadian masks made at workshops facilitated by Joanie
- Joanie's work reflecting her story as an immigrant who grew up in Canada.
Stay tuned as Joanie takes this project on tour to communities throughout the GTA igniting public spaces with the voices of people of colour using art!
Art Lab Residency and Gallery A Exhibit
December - January 2017/2018
Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa
Pineridge Arts Council
McClean Centre, Ajax Ontario
July - August 2016
Tending the Wallflower
Neighbourhood Art Gallery
July – October 2015
Allow me to create something special and intentional for you or for someone you love! I pour my heart and soul into every piece that I do and every program that I develop and facilitate.
Contact me for commissions, exhibitions, shows, live art, programming and workshop facilitation!