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 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 from life requires intense focus and present moment awareness in order to execute a scene before the light changes radically or before the model moves. I try to capture that moment. I feel compelled to share the beauty I see.”

Joan makes her home in Northwest Florida where she is 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, in particular working with the Visual Art Committee to showcase member artists’ works in the Alliance’s Art in Public Places. She also is the volunteer Coordinator for the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters, notifying members of weekly Wednesday plein air painting locations. In 2021 she is serving on the steering committee for Plein Air South.

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


Bohlert-Massey Interiors
10343 East County Hwy. 30-A, Unit C101
Seacrest Beach, FL 32461
Phone: (850) 231 – 3940

J.Leon Gallery
13370 US Highway 98
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: (850) 842 – 3051

10 AM – 6 PM Tues. – Sat.

Recent Awards & Recognition

Selected as Florida’s Finest Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, Apalachicola, Florida, 2021.

Selected works at J.Leon Gallery, Miramar Beach, FL, October 2020 – 2021.

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

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

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

Joan continues to paint landscapes with the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters every Wednesday morning. She is available to paint commissions and she will paint live at events. Contact her for a studio visit or to schedule your event.

Plein Air South attendee, March 2021

Teaching as a Florida”s Finest en Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, March 2021

INSIGHT: Discover Joan’s creative process on her blog