Blue Ridge

15’’ x 16’’

Floating Fields

15’’ x 23 1/2’’

Lady of the Lake

15’’ x 23 1/2’’

Northern Gate

15’’ x 16’’


15’’ x 23’’


15’’ x 23’’

White Writing

20’’ x 22’’


Inspired by her travels to Australia, New Zealand, and most recently, Spain, Joan Elliott translates vast landscapes into saturated oil paintings. In earlier work, she realistically captured landscapes with an intense palette which conveyed a strong emotional quality. Her recent paintings advance this technique, incorporating geometric designs which Elliott saw decorated throughout Spain. She layers bold patterns over loosely depicted landscapes, resulting in paintings both delicate and powerful, natural, and densely graphic. Elliott states, “The surfaces are slowly built, layer after layer, with broad paint application and selective removal—drawing and etching into wet paint and intermittently sanding to build a translucent skin and tactile experience.”

Joan has been an instructor at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School for over 25 years. She has been awarded various distinctions, including the Franz and Virginia BaderFund Grant as well as inclusion in the VMFA exhibition Un/Common Ground. Her work is included in many corporate and private collections.

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