The capture of light on a subject is the thrill of painting from life for Joan Vienot. Now living just minutes from Acadia National Park in Maine, she finds infinite inspiration for her current motif, the rocky coastline.
Joan taught art in a public high school for three years in her home state of Colorado after attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the University of Northern Colorado. In Northwest Florida Joan was active in her local arts community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County from 2011 to 2017. She also was the volunteer coordinator for the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters from 2015 until 2022. From 2016 to 2021 Joan was involved with the Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, a 10-day invitational plein air painters event in Northwest Florida. She was named a Florida’s Finest Plein Air Ambassador for the event in 2016, 2019, and 2021, tasked with teaching novice plein air artists in 2-hour one-on-one lessons. She was awarded the Artist Residency for the event in 2019. In 2021 and 2022 she served on the steering committee for the plein air conference Plein Air South.
About her regular practice of plein air painting and drawing or painting live models, Joan says, “Painting or drawing from life requires intense focus and present moment awareness in order to interpret a scene before the light changes radically or before the model moves. I try to capture that moment.”