The peaceful atmosphere at the Village Studio reflects the background of artist Joan Brown’s childhood, spent in a beautiful valley on the outskirts of Picton. As a 5th generation member of a local pioneer family, Joan is passionate about the preservation of the ethos and heritage of the local areas. Growing up on one of the grazing and dairying properties in the valleys of Razorback Range, she quickly developed a love of the land and a deep respect for the wonders of Nature, while exploring the effects of the changing seasons in the gorges, glens and hilltops on her family property at Abbotsford.
Local landscapes, historic sites and heritage buildings are just some of the early subjects portrayed in both oils and watercolour paintings.
A lifetime career in education included teaching Evening College Adult Education classes, with pottery and glaze techniques still a favourite. Together with other like-minded artists Joan initiated and jointly co-ordinated the first Stonequarry Festival of Arts in Picton, raising funds for the very first Pre-School in Wollondilly.
A 2007 enrolment in an International Art School in a Medieval walled city of Tuscany was an exciting extension of research studies into life art and the sculptings of Lucca Della Robbia, a renowned artist from the early Renaissance, currently being studied as an extension of Joan’s sculpting course. A visit to the Cararra marble quarries provided tremendous insight into the creations of Michaelangelo.
Locally, the Bicentennial Village Square Project, and the restoration of historic ST. Mark’s Church and Pioneer Cemetery were initiated and organized with energetic local groups as part of this local artist’s belief in the cultural future of this unique heritage village. Fundraising Art Shows for the Children’s Cancer Council, and the Highlands Lantern Club for the Deaf and Blind School have united many art friends for successful Exhibitions during the past years.
An abiding belief in nurturing artistic talent in the naturally gifted of all ages has been one of the greatest joys of this artist. Recent years have been exciting, with studies of Life Art and Sculpting at Julian Ashton’s Fine Art School, and Diploma Lecture Series at NSW Art Gallery.
Alumnus of Charles Sturt University.
Member of Bowral & District Art Society.
Member of NSW Art Gallery.
Member of Sculptors Society.