About the Artist

“The greatest pleasure for me as an artist is the capture of the present moment, a little piece of Now.” ~Joan Vienot

Ever the elusive goal of plein air painters, the capture of light on a subject is the thrill of painting outdoors from life for Joan Vienot. She moved to sunny Florida in 1980 after attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and teaching art for three years in a public high school in her home state of Colorado. About her regular practice of plein air painting and drawing or painting live models, Joan says, “Painting or drawing from life requires intense focus and present moment awareness in order to interpret a scene before the light changes radically or before the model moves. I try to capture that moment.”

After growing up in Colorado, Joan lived in Northwest Florida where she was active in her local arts community. She served on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County from 2011 to 2017, chairing or co-chairing the Visual [A+] Art Committee to showcase member artists’ works in the Alliance’s Art in Public Places program. She also was volunteer coordinator for and painted weekly with the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters from 2015 until 2022. From 2016 to 2021 Joan also volunteered and worked at the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, an invitational plein air painters event in the Port St. Joe and Apalachicola areas of Northwest Florida. In 2021 and 2022 she served on the steering committee for the plein air conference Plein Air South. Her day job and career, owning and managing a swimming pool service company, paid her bills.

This year, Joan is changing her life! She dreams of living for a year or two in each of a number of beautiful areas of the country to learn to paint the beauty of those areas. (She does acknowledge that she might fall in love with the first place she comes to and never leave.) To test her tolerance for the weather of the northern latitudes, Joan spent the months of January and February of 2022 in South Portland, Maine. She will be moving to Maine sometime this fall, making her home near Acadia National Park where she intends to paint the beautiful rocky coastline.

Joan Vienot Fine Artist | Shooting St. George Island, Machu Picchu, Scuba Diving, Racing SUP Stand Up Paddleboard, Backpacking, Paddling Tucker Bayou

Recent Awards & Recognition

Selected as Florida’s Finest Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Apalachicola and Port St. Joe, Florida, 2021, 2019, and 2016.

J.Leon Gallery, Miramar Beach, FL, October 2020 – December 2021.

Sea & Sky Exhibit, Anne Hunter Galleries, Seaside, FL, March – May, 2020.

Awarded Artist Residency, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Port St. Joe, FL, 2019.

Foster Gallery at Ruskin Place in Seaside, FL, Winter Quarter, 2018-2019.

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Listen to an Interview

Claire Bannerman interviews Joan on SUP Radio Show, 10-25-13

SUP Radio Show: Your Global Art Showcase with Claire Bannerman

On the Calendar

Mid-October 2022: Moving to Trenton, Maine, to paint the rocky coastline near Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.


INSIGHT: Discover Joan’s creative process on her blog.