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.
10343 East County Hwy. 30-A, Unit C101
Seacrest Beach, FL 32461
Phone: (850) 231 – 3940
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 from Sea & Sky Exhibit, J.Leon Gallery, Miramar Beach, FL, October 2020 – April 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.
Women Painters of the Southeast
Oil Painters of America
Cultural Arts Alliance
Walton County Art League
FSU Museum of Fine Arts Artists League
Pensacola Museum of Art
Artists of 30A
Arts and Design Soc.
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On the Calendar
Joan continues to paint landscapes with the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters every Wednesday morning. Her studio practice this year is emphasizing florals. She is available to paint commissions and she will paint live at events. Contact her to schedule.
Plein Air South attendee, March 2021
Teaching as a Florida”s Finest en Plein Air Ambassador, Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, March 2021