Inspired by her travels to New Zealand, Italy, Portugal, Turkey and Spain, Joan Elliott translates vast landscapes and geometric patterning into saturated oil paintings. In earlier work, she realistically captured landscapes with an intense palette conveying a strong emotional quality, while paint surfaces were held taut by intensive mark making. Her recent paintings advance this technique, incorporating geometric designs which Elliott saw decorated throughout Spain and Portugal. She also layers bold patterns over loosely depicted landscapes, resulting in paintings both delicate and powerful, natural, and densely graphic.
Elliott received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. Residing in Richmond, VA, she has taught at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School for over 25 years. She has been awarded various distinctions, including the Franz and Virginia BaderFund Grant as well as inclusion in the Virginia Museum exhibition, Un/Common Ground. Joan Elliott's work is represented by Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, Virginia and the Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal, Quebec.