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.

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


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Recent Awards & Recognition

Sea & Sky Exhibit, Anne Hunter Galleries, Seaside, FL, 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.

Awarded Third Place, Pike Road Paint-Out, Pike Road, AL, 2018.

Awarded Third Place, Blue Ridge Mountains Paint Out, Blue Ridge, GA, 2018.

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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

Sea & Sky
Joan presently is studying two different but related forms, waves and clouds, and will exhibit this work in the March and April of 2020 at Anne Hunter Galleries, 25 Central Square, Seaside, Florida 32459.

INSIGHT: Discover Joan’s creative process on her blog