Joan Cranor

Joan Cranor

Mixed Media, Painting

Artwork Displayed

Alice Marie Gravely Galley
Creations Gallery


St. Michaels Art League
Working Artists Forum


Joan’s Abstract Art

Artist Statement

My primary focus is in watercolor which has always fascinated me with its rich washes, subtle variations of color, and quickness of expression. My semi-abstracts are imaginative works using strong lines and bold colors to create a sense of movement and interest. I have been inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe who said “Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. It is lines and colors put together so that they say something.” My mixed media paintings begin with creating shapes and textures using a spackling method, then I add color to enhance the design, letting my imagination dictate the finished product. I also enjoy painting local scenes, boats, flowers and birds.

Artist Biography

After teaching Art for 38 years in Talbot County, I retired in 2008 and decided to concentrate on honing and developing my unique interpretation of life through my art. I am married to Jacob, have a son, Nicholas and his wife, Katie and two grandsons, Layton and Caleb. I have a Masters of Fine Art from Maryland Institute, College of Art and belong to the Working Artists Forum, Art Academy Museum, St. Michaels Art League, and Desoto Arts and Humanities in Florida. Recently, my awards have included two Martha Hudson Awards for Excellence in Watercolor in 2012 and 2013, Best of Show from the Dorchester Center of the Arts, acceptance into a Nat’l Exhibit at the VAC in Punta Gorda, Fl. and prizes from Chesapeake College, Smal league, and Peace River Festival in Fl.

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