Joan Pechanec paints in a variety of mediums, often combining and cutting through multiple layers of paper, written word, oils, pastels, iridescents, cold wax to create thickly`textured, semi-abstract images. "I love the architectural aspect of these works, which appear differently depending on the angle of light and the buried imagery. I want the viewer to continue discovering the surprising an...d unique."
Joan's work has been influenced by the many places she has lived and travelled. She earned a B.A from the University of Denver and an M.A. from the University of Chicago before moving to San Francisco. Her vivid palette reflects the flamboyant culture of the late 60's and 70's in the Bay Area. Her use of intense, warm color has also been influenced by travel, particularly to Bali, North Africa, Guatemala, and a year's sabbatical in Mexico. While also creating art, Joan practiced for many years as a psychotherapist. This intense career has informed her view of life as emotionally rich, layered, symbolic.
Joan and her husband, writer Charlie Price, moved to McMinnville from their home on a river in Northern California, where Joan had a thriving art community and career. "We have fallen in love with the extraordinary beauty and welcoming people of this wine country in Oregon!"
"My art is an expression of the world as I experience it: rich in numinous color and vibrant light, a world of mood and mystery. I am most intrigued by the liminal space, the co-creation between reality and my imagination."
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This piece is one of a series of thickly-textured images of the Oregon country side. I created this archeological image by building up multiple layers (papers, printed words, Chinese writing, intricate patterns, imagined cliff cities, moss) on an iridescent copper painted wood panel. I then applied layers of paint, pens, pastels, wax, and oil paint over the papers, cutting thru to the underpainting in places. I wanted to convey the ancient history and geology of the lands of the Oregon Trail.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: I used multiple layers of oil and cold was to create this abstracted image of autumn fields in the wine country. I loved the pattern and subtle variations in the grasses!
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This is a scene, based on a car photo, of a small turquoise green cottage tucked in densely clustered, vibrant orange and red fall trees. I imaged hiding away to paint in this sanctuary in the luminous woodland. Oil on canvas.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This was inspired by an early morning walk on the Oregon Coast. I loved the contrast of the bright morning light on the water with the deep blue of the rock cliffs.
Light in the Forest
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: Walking in an Oregon forest, I was struck by this bright, cool stream of light. I used cold wax to create the impressionistic, misty effect of the scene.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: A view from our hotel balcony on the Oregon coast. I tried to capture the dreamy light of the moon on the water and the grasses by adding multiple layers of cold wax mixed with thin glazes of oil paint.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: I was entranced by the way the morning light came up over this waterfall in the luscious Olympic Peninsula. I framed the painting in a wide silvery champagne plein aire frame. Oil on canvas.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This thickly-textured piece was inspired by the shimmery quality of the morning light on a wildlife preserve. It consists of many layers of paint, pastels, pencil, wax, added on and cut into, giving it an impressionistic effect.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This heavily-textured piece was inspired by several months I spent in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia. I was entranced by the medinas, particularly in Marrakesh, and the labyrinthian architecture, often miles of twisting cobbled paths where one could readily get completely lost. I imagined the secret lives in the lush courtyards beyond the heavy wooden doors and thick, crumbling walls.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This heavily-textured painting evolved over a year's time the (Covid year) during which I kept adding layers of paper, paint, pastels, pens, wax, probably 25 layers in places. It was a sort of meditation on the endurance of the land, the majesty and transcendence of this stunning waterfall.
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: Another stunning sight in rural Oregon! Farmers plant fields in red clover in the spring, creating swaths of shades of carmine red. It is surreal while it lasts, just a few weeks.
Roads Less Travelled
Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: I have fallen in love with spring in Oregon . . . a kaleidoscope of jeweled color and intricate pattern amidst the rural fields and vineyards. I pictured this abstracted image while riding through the winding country back roads, thrilled by the beauty.