Art is a visual language. It is a language that can capture emotions as well as details. It can be flexible enough to be interpreted by the viewer and past experiences in their own life, as well as the artist’s actual motivation. Before I start to create, I sit in the energy or the environment with the person, location, or event that I am capturing. The energy of Nature as well as the details in nature inspires me. Depending on my mood and the medium, I create and flow with my perception of the energy. Whether it is the peacefulness of nature, a person relaxing with nature, or the miraculous way nature creates details of texture and color, I capture a moment of connectedness, of being.
Joan Reid is now retired from teaching Art in high school as well as College for over 35 years, and is excited about focusing more on her own Artwork. She has a studio where she uses a variety of art mediums and techniques including drawing, monotypes, and paintings. Joan has exhibited her artwork in numerous galleries in the Northeast, in group shows, and solo shows. She has always been a promoter of the arts being involved with various Art organizations and Art Boards, and has started 4 galleries. Joan received a BS degree in Art Education and BFA in Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, PA. After working as an Illustrator in Philadelphia, Pa. for a few years she moved back to this area to teach, and to raise her children. Her graduate work was done through Skidmore, the State University of New York at Albany, Plattsburgh, Elmira, and Brockport, and through the College of Saint Rose. In addition, she was the first teacher in New York State to become tenured in computers. She also has a variety of Certifications in many Alternative healing modalities.
Joan is presently teaching Drawing and Oil Painting in her Studio at The Shirt Factory in Glens Falls, and she offers additional art related workshops in Listening to your inner voice through art and imagery.
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