Jo Ann Bianchi is an expressionistic painter, inspired by her surroundings and past experiences. She uses an introspective approach to transform emotions into brushstrokes. Born in the New York Metropolitan area, she began drawing at a very young age. She was inspired early on by Andy Warhol’s pop art of the 1960s where some of her first illustrations, using pastels, were images of simple commercial objects in bold colors. Her attraction to art was fostered further through secondary education, and continued sporadically over the years with some specialized academic courses in university.
In the 1980s she worked at the University of Maryland as Graphic Artist Assistant and then as a free lance graphic artist producing scientific illustrations for educators and researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, NY. It was at this time that she developed a penchant for reducing subject matter into more simplistic forms. This liberal view in transforming natural subjects was further enhanced during a period when she studied the Asian art of paper-cutting.
Over the past 11 years, Jo Ann has continued to expand her artistic perspective by experimenting with watercolor and oils, where she has worked under contemporary artists, Barbara Starner and Dmitri Koustov, respectively. She is a member of the Sweetwater Print Cooperative, Gainesville Fine Arts Association, and the Artisans’ Guild Gallery in Florida, Brazos Valley Art League in Texas and the Union of Maine Visual Artists. Her paintings have appeared in juried and member shows. She continues to experiment with oils, watercolors, acrylics, and printing inks to capture the essence of the figure, landscape or urbanscape in recognizable or abstract form. For more information, please contact Jo Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every effort has been made to represent her paintings accurately. Computer screens and paintings don’t always look the same, so you can expect slight variation between what is seen on the computer screen and the actual painting. While the Web site is updated frequently, the availability of a painting is not always guaranteed.