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Joan Pechanec

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."


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Ancient Land 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.
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Ancient Land by Joan Pechanec

Joan Pechanec

Ancient Land

Mixed media - 24 x 24

Autumn Gold Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This painting was commissioned for the poster for the 2020 McMinnville Food & Wine Classic in McMinnville, Oregon. When COVID-19 hit, the 2020 festival was cancelled, but the organizers saved the artwork and used it for the 2022 festival. This is an annual 3-day, 3000-person festival held in the Evergreen Aviation Space Museum. The painting was was inspired by Oregon's fall vineyards. Joan wanted to convey the golden glow and lush landscapes of the Willamette Valley wine country at harvest time. Signed & matted.

Joan Pechanec

Autumn Gold

Unframed Print - Oil - 11 x 14

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Autumn Gold Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This painting was commissioned for the poster for the 2020 McMinnville Food & Wine Classic in McMinnville, Oregon. When COVID-19 hit, the 2020 festival was cancelled, but the organizers saved the artwork and used it for the 2022 festival. This is an annual 3-day, 3000-person festival held in the Evergreen Aviation Space Museum. The painting was was inspired by Oregon's fall vineyards. Joan wanted to convey the golden glow and lush landscapes of the Willamette Valley wine country at harvest time. Signed & matted.

Joan Pechanec

Autumn Gold

Unframed Print - Oil - 8 x 10

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Autumn Light Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: This piece was created as an alternative to the commissioned poster painting for the 2020 MacClassic Food and Wine Festival. Though the more representational piece "Autumn Gold" was ultimately selected for the poster, I especially love this painting with its collaged segmented tree trunks and slightly abstracted treatment. The original was Mixed Media: Collage, Oil, Cold Wax. Signed & matted.

Joan Pechanec

Autumn Light

Unframed Print - Collage, oil & cold wax - 10 x 8

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Autumn Tree Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: I attempted to capture the vibrant color and intensity of this floodlit tree in the autumn night.
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Autumn Tree by Joan Pechanec

Joan Pechanec

Autumn Tree

Oil - 12 x 12

Daybreak 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.

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Daybreak

Oil - 16 x 20

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Evening Peace

Joan Pechanec

Evening Peace

Oil and cold wax - 10 x 10

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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.

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Light in the Forest

Mixed media - 20 x 16

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Meadowfoam Fine Art by artist Joan Pechanec - Description: In the spring in Oregon, farmers plant their fields in a greenish white clover called "Meadowfoam". It is utterly compelling! The first time I saw it on a dark, cloudy day, it appeared like a mirage. Oil on Masonite Panel.

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Meadowfoam

Oil - 12 x 12

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Moonglow 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.

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Moonglow

Oil and cold wax - 12 x 18

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Morning Light 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.

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Morning Light

Oil - 14 x 11

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Morning Walk 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.
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Morning Walk by Joan Pechanec

Joan Pechanec

Morning Walk

Mixed media / cold wax - 12 x 24