Inspired by her travels to Australia, New Zealand, and most recently, Spain, Joan Elliott translates vast landscapes into saturated oil paintings. In earlier work, she realistically captured landscapes with an intense palette which conveyed a strong emotional quality. Her recent paintings advance this technique, incorporating geometric designs which Elliott saw decorated throughout Spain. She layers bold patterns over loosely depicted landscapes, resulting in paintings both delicate and powerful, natural, and densely graphic. Elliott states, “The surfaces are slowly built, layer after layer, with broad paint application and selective removal—drawing and etching into wet paint and intermittently sanding to build a translucent skin and tactile experience.”
Elliott received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University (1978). Residing in Richmond, VA, she has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for over 25 years. She is a Franz and Virginia Bader Fund Grant award recipient (2013).