Joanne DeMartino is creating Abstract-Expressionist Paintings and Figurative Paintings
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I’ve been an artist since I was seven, when my mother used to set up still life’s for me to draw with charcoal. I love the process of making art, however, this time last year I couldn’t get off my couch, I felt so defeated. I was in a huge funk. I spent the summer staring out the windows of my apartment, binge watching Game of Thrones or taking long, sad walks through West Philly. I found myself often walking through The Woodlands Cemetery. Many of the tombstones are mournful angel monuments and it reminds me of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris which is the final resting place for Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Chopin, Proust, Jim Morrison, etc… My cemetery, The Woodlands, boasts some pretty memorable bankers along with the founder of the Campbell Soup Company.
The painting produced from all this angst is called “Snap, Dragon”. Like much of my work it is about deep complicated emotions, and unrelenting if not ambivalent growth. Life is so freaking hard sometimes, and experiencing it from the perspective of a woman can make you feel insane, we all know the reasons why. I make paintings filled with color and imagery from my world, both real and imagined. In this painting, the interior behind my angel monument is the view from my couch, the location of my weird summer. The angel is from The Woodlands, she is also both real and imagined. The flowers represent my poor wrinkled brain. When an art dealer I know came by while I was still working on the piece she said, “This would be hard to sell.” I said, “Good” and my funk was lifted.
With this Patreon account, I’m can continue a series of figurative works on canvas that I will be posting often. These posts will display the progress of each painting as it progresses even at it’s most embarrassingly frustrating. I have around twenty more off the top my head for this series of large works. Your donations will go a long way in providing canvas, paint, rent for my studio/home, etc…Thank you so very much for our patronage!
I’ve been an artist since I was seven, when my mother used to set up still life’s for me to draw with charcoal. I love the process of making art, however, this time last year I couldn’t get off my couch, I felt so defeated. I was in a huge funk. I spent the summer staring out the windows of my apartment, binge watching Game of Thrones or taking long, sad walks through West Philly. I found myself often walking through The Woodlands Cemetery. Many of the tombstones are mournful angel monuments and it reminds me of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris which is the final resting place for Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Chopin, Proust, Jim Morrison, etc… My cemetery, The Woodlands, boasts some pretty memorable bankers along with the founder of the Campbell Soup Company.
The painting produced from all this angst is called “Snap, Dragon”. Like much of my work it is about deep complicated emotions, and unrelenting if not ambivalent growth. Life is so freaking hard sometimes, and experiencing it from the perspective of a woman can make you feel insane, we all know the reasons why. I make paintings filled with color and imagery from my world, both real and imagined. In this painting, the interior behind my angel monument is the view from my couch, the location of my weird summer. The angel is from The Woodlands, she is also both real and imagined. The flowers represent my poor wrinkled brain. When an art dealer I know came by while I was still working on the piece she said, “This would be hard to sell.” I said, “Good” and my funk was lifted.
With this Patreon account, I’m can continue a series of figurative works on canvas that I will be posting often. These posts will display the progress of each painting as it progresses even at it’s most embarrassingly frustrating. I have around twenty more off the top my head for this series of large works. Your donations will go a long way in providing canvas, paint, rent for my studio/home, etc…Thank you so very much for our patronage!

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