Joanne Hall, Painter
Joanne Hall has been painting for as long as she can remember, and has explored many mediums throughout her evolution as an artist. Currently favoring watercolor, Joanne’s style and subject matter ranges from still life to landscape to portraiture. “My preferred subject matter depends on the day,” she says. “For me it’s not the subject, it’s the values, edges, texture, color,. etc.”
Joanne studied art on the college level, but ultimately decided to shift her focus to education and obtained a secondary teaching degree. She pursued this career for many years before returning to her passion for art, and has since taken countless classes and workshops from other working artists, professors and instructors. Realizing that teaching allowed her to internalize concepts and better understand the learning process when it came to painting, she began teaching art classes for children and adults. Now at her Monarch studio, Joanne can paint for herself as well as for others, offering classes and workshops in her creative space. Connect with her on Facebook to sign up for her latest watercolor workshop.
Learn more about Joanne from our Q&A interview below and visit her in Monarch Studio #24.
When did you know you wanted to be an artist and how did that evolve for you?
I’ve wanted to be an artist ever since I can remember, but the evolution process has been slow. Life has a way of forcing other things to the front for months and sometimes years at a time.
My development has included… a strong desire to create since childhood, 3 years of college art courses, tons of workshops and classes post college, many years of teaching, lots of trial and error, some shows, awards, sales and commissions, battles with procrastination and a renewed commitment to focus and finish.
What mediums do you work with and what is your preferred subject matter?
Pencil, Ink, Charcoal, Pastel, Digital, Acrylics…it’s all good. Watercolor is my favorite though! I love giving control to the wash and letting it do its thing. My preferred subject matter depends on the day. For me it’s not the subject, it’s the values, edges, texture, color, etc.
How long have you lived in Utah and what brought you here?
I have lived in the Weber/Davis County area for a long time. I first came this way as a teenager when my Dad quit his job in Chicago and moved our family here, without any prospects for another job, because my parents felt this was where we were supposed to be.
You also share your talents with others through art instruction. What do you love most about teaching others and how does it aﬀect your own creative practice?
There are a lot of things to love about teaching. It keeps me excited to create and constantly reminds me why I chose art. I have learned much through teaching and from my students. I’ve made great friends. However the biggest reward for me is guiding students who start with little belief in their potential, to a place of ability, confidence and joy in creating.
Will you be teaching art in your Monarch studio?
Yes. I started teaching a watercolor class last week in the Monarch (there is still room to join) and have plans for many classes and workshops to come.
What do you love most about being at The Monarch? When is the best time for people to come visit you there?
I love creating at the Monarch. The people are great and the creative energy is powerful.
Through the winter I plan to be in my studio (#24) Mon. – Fri. mid morning through late afternoon, on the First Friday Art Strolls, and any other time I get a chance.