Recent Work by Joanie Grosfeld
I moved to Maryland when I was 2 years old, so I guess I could be considered a native of Maryland. I grew up in a very creative home and my mother let me color on my walls. She was a pianist and later an artist too. Whenever possible in school, I took art classes, and later went on to receive a bachelor of arts in Studio Art at the University of Maryland, College Park. I also taught art classes to children in Montgomery County.
Looking back to my early years in school, I remember learning things but often other things than were expected. My only excuse was I must have been a prospective artist discovering the things I would need for my future art career. I saw colors and gestures and felt the sounds and emotions of life. One teacher wrote on my report card, “Joan does not pay attention in class.” I was paying attention but just to other things and at least some of those things pertained to the world of art. I love color and the drama in a scene that is illuminated by lights and darks. I love the music in art that you feel with its loud and gentle notes. I love the way objects in a painting almost look as if they are dancing. In painting, I hope to communicate my love of life and the intimate way I feel about being in the world and getting to see what the day shows or the night. I am happy if others see a scene and feel a connection.
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