Breach by Joanna Barnum, NWS

Joanna Barnum
NWS Signature Member
Abingdon, MD


Artist Statement:
I use watercolor to simultaneously express universal emotional states and the unique spirits of my portrait subjects. I balance experimental, abstract use of media with carefully observed realism. My hope is that the viewer may feel a sense of commonality or vicarious catharsis through the emotions conveyed, which include the exploration of female rage as well as more subtle emotions such as mindfulness, nostalgia, and longing. However, it is important to me to also portray my subjects as individuals, rather than generic symbols or decorative objects.