Joanne Evans paints still lifes in a tradition that stretches back to the early 17th Century, when classical fine art departed from historical style and subject matter. Rather than art representing a human story, frequently religious, the artist made the work its own story. Color, light, texture, composition, balance, and detail became both the subject and the message. Flowers, fruit, animals, and other objects—always without human presence or representation—became still-life art.
Like the 17th-Century masters, Evans captures her images with oil paint in rich, intense colors. Her 17th-Century-style “modified realism” requires an intense development of color value. She uses lights and darks to develop interest, depth, and focal point. To achieve the desired effect, she layers and glazes the paint.
Evans has been selected for the Directory of Traditional American Crafts each year since 2004.
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