“I decided to push myself to paint what I felt. It was so hard to put these feelings on the canvas as with every stroke of the paint brush I was going through my emotions inside. But each new painting was a new journey I had to take.”
Joanne paints colourful and powerful works that focus on emotion and self awareness. Having lived with depression most of her life, Joanne’s works are mainly self-portraits, symbolising the struggles of mental illness. She uses painting as therapy and hopes her art can provide reassurance for others experiencing the same difficulties.
“It’s the everyday stuff I go through that I put on paper,” Joanne said.
“A lot of my work is basically to make people feel more comfortable with their mental illness, to realise that they’re not alone.”
Joanne has had many solo exhibitions including;
- 2012 The Darkness that Opened my Eyes at C Gallery, 13A/23 James Street, Fortitude Valley;
- 2011 Solo Art Exhibition, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE;
- 2010 Student Art Exhibition, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE.
She was an award winner of the People’s Choice Award and Highly Commended Award in the 2011 Art from the Margins Brisbane Festival Exhibition and her work has been acquired for the Art from the Margins – Wesley Mission Brisbane Permanent Art Collection.