Joanne has made her home in the Almaguin District for many years. Currently, she lives on the Magnetawan River just outside of Burks Falls, Ontario. She has been sketching and painting all her life, but the idea that spurred her current project, painting Canadian wildlife on reclaimed lumber from 100 year old barns, came while working with her husband in his workshop.
"after squaring the ends of boards for his harvest and coffee tables, I saw Dave tossing the ends in the kindling box. I reclaimed his reclaimed wood, and painted Northern Ontario animals on it.
Each piece is unique, and in itself a piece of art. I use the natural elements of the wood as much as possible to compliment my subject. Sometimes the wood tells me what to paint!
I paint backgrounds to suit the geographical location where I plan to sell. Sometimes the wood will show evidence of where a horse gnawed on it. Others will have an ancient nail imbedded that does not impact on the painting surface. All of this adds character to the final product.
As we drive through the countryside watching the old barns disappearing through decay and disrepair, we feel good that his furniture and my artwork are preserving a little piece of our heritage and making it into something useful and beautiful."
Joanne currently resides in Magnetawan with her partner Dave.