Kalamunda WA 6076
About the Artist:
Predominantly focusing on wildlife and botanicals, this self-taught artist has a passion for her craft which is evident in the beautiful artwork she consistently produces. Johanna has forged a successful career in the arts, having sold her artwork across 6 countries and her latest (and largest) commission, a 2.5m installation, hangs in a community center in QLD.
Johanna was recently approached to participate in a solo exhibition that attracted more than 120 people at the opening night, resulting in a good number of her original work and prints sold. As Johanna's art grows in popularity she finds new opportunities at every corner, with the latest being her invitation to participate in Open Studios 2020. Johanna embraces these opportunities as it provides another platform for her to interact with her buyers and to share her passion for the arts.rts.
I was born in the Netherlands and raised in Australia. I am fortunate to come from a family of artists who have encouraged & inspired me in my artistic journey.
When starting out I was told I needed to develop an identifiable style of painting and to stick to it. I have never conformed to this way of thinking as for me painting was about identifying with something beautiful and recreating/capturing it. Loving what I do has always been more important than money or fame. I put my heart and soul into my paintings and this seems to pay off for me as people viewing my art say they feel drawn into my paintings and connect with the subject which for me is the greatest compliment.
I am a great lover of animals (large and small) and of nature and these are the inspiration for my work. No matter where I am I can always find beauty in the world when I look at nature and animals. When painting animals I begin every painting with their eyes. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and until I capture the emotion in the eyes I cannot continue. Once I have achieved this I feel connected and emotionally invested in my work and can proceed. When I am not selling my artwork, I like to donate pieces for auction for various charities as I like that my art can be used to help others.
My work with flow mediums and inks are my exception. I like the freedom that working with these mediums gives me to create abstract/impressionistic pieces of work. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my painting so this outlet allows me to free up my style and have a bit of fun. However, I still find myself studying the finished piece and finding the parts that imitate nature bringing a smile to my face.