Joanne Thorpe has always appreciated the arts in many forms including dance, photography and design. She took many classes over the years in graphic design at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, while working as a nurse and caring for her 4 sons. It wasn't until her children were grown that she picked up a paintbrush and fell in love with the fine arts. She started with watercolor and finally switched to oil painting in 2012 after retiring and moving to Oregon.
Raised in New England, Joanne has always appreciated nature. She specializes in landscape painting. Many of her paintings are from her travels in and around Oregon where she is currently proud to call home. She paints En Plein air in good weather but also loves to paint from photographs in the studio. A good composition is of the greatest importance to her.
Joanne travels yearly to Arizona to study at The Scottsdale Artists School taking many workshops from well-known artists, gaining ideas and techniques that shape her own individual style. Her artistry is ever evolving, incorporating a more impressionistic approach.