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 interpret a scene before the light changes radically or before the model moves. I try to capture that moment.”
For most of her life 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, in particular working with the Visual Art Committee to showcase member artists’ works in the Alliance’s Art in Public Places. She also was the volunteer Coordinator for the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters for from 2015 until 2022. From 2016 to 2021 Joan 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 and in 2021 and 2022 she served on the steering committee for Plein Air South.
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 summer, making her home near Acadia National Park where she intends to paint the beautiful rocky coastline.
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.
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
January-February 2022: Joan has decided to move to New England for a couple of years, to learn to paint the rocky coastline. She is spending the winter months of early 2022 in Maine as sort of a test-run, to see how she adapts to the cold weather and the dim winter light.
When in Florida, 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 to schedule your event.
Attending Plein Air South, March 2022
Moving to New England: mid- or late 2022