Joanna Barnum NWS is a painter exploring the expressive potential of watercolor with a particular focus on the portrait. Based in Maryland, she exhibits and teaches around the country and illustrates projects for publication.

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LOST EDGES & SIMULTANEOUS REALITIES

Joanna Barnum uses watercolor to express universal emotional states and the unique spirits of her portrait subjects, balancing experimental, abstract use of the media with sensitive realism and symbolism. View the full collection.

COVERS

Book and comic cover illustration, including personal works available to license. View the full collection.

HAUNTED

A personal series of macabre illustrations in a limited palette. View the full collection.

OVERLIGHT

Illustrations for the role playing game book series from Renegade Game Studios. View the full collection.

JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE

In 2016, Joanna was selected to participate in NASA's James Webb Space Telescope artist project, invited to observe the new telescope in person and create works inspired by it for exhibits at NASA Goddard, Art.Science.Gallery, and the Texas Museum of Science and Technology during 2017 and 2018. View the full collection.

UPCOMING

Join me on Patreon

I’m now publishing works in progress, articles, and insight into my process for subscribers on Patreon. Learn more.

“Gaze,” 15” x 22” watercolor currently available through Rehs Contemporary Gallery as part of “I Observe.”  More information.

“Gaze,” 15” x 22” watercolor currently available through Rehs Contemporary Gallery as part of “I Observe.” More information.

Group Exhibition: I Observe
March 9-March 29, 2019
Opening Reception: March 9, 1-6pm
Rehs Contemporary
New York, NY

I was thrilled to be included in this group exhibit at Rehs Contemporary in New York, in conjunction with PoetsArtists. Although the exhibit has concluded, “Gaze” and Aurelia” are still available for purchase through Rehs. More information.

Group Exhibition: Southern Watercolor Society 42nd Juried Exhibition
May 23-July 26, 2019
Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, Kerrville, TX

My painting “Memento Mori” was selected for inclusion in this juried group exhibition. More information.

Group Exhibition: 5x5 Project
June 8-July 6, 2019
Abend Gallery
Denver, CO

I have affordable two 5” x 5” miniatures included in the 2019 edition of this popular show of small works at Abend Gallery in Denver, CO. Browse the full show online here.

“Within/Without,” BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition 2019 Gold Medal winner

“Within/Without,” BWS Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition 2019 Gold Medal winner

Group Exhibition: Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
June 8-July 13, 2019
Reception: June 23, 2-4pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

It is my tremendous honor to report that “Within/Without” was selected for this juried annual exhibit and has been awarded the 2019 Gold Medal in the show! More information.

Group Exhibition: Watercolor USA
June 8-September 1, 2019
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO

My painting “Blaze” is included in this museum exhibition. More information.

Convention: Gen Con
August 1-4, 2019
Indianapolis, In

I will be an exhibiting artist in the Gen Con Art Show, and will also be doing signings with Renegade Game Studios as part of the Overlight team. I will be present for the duration of the show at my table, offering originals, prints, and books. Admission to the convention is required to attend. More information.

Workshop: All Level workshop with Daniel Smith Watercolor
August 10, 2019, 1-5pm
The Art Rooms, Havre de Grace, MD

Students of all levels will be guided in creating a personalized painting inspired by Joanna's “Piercing the Veil” series of eye paintings. No previous experience in watercolor is required, and all materials will be provided for use during the workshop. Registration is required. More information.

Convention: Dragon Con
August 30-September 2, 2019
Atlanta, GA

I will be an exhibiting artist in the Dragon Con Art Show! I will be present for the duration of the show at my booth, offering originals, prints, and books. Admission to the convention is required to attend. More information.

Group Exhibition: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2019 Juried Exhibition
August 31-October 26, 2019
Reception: September 8, 1-4pm
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

My painting “Early Spring” was selected for this group watercolor exhibit. More information.

Group Exhibition: Philadelphia Water Color Society 119th Anniversary International Exhibition of Works on Paper
September 8- October 11, 2019
Reception: September 8, 2-4pm
Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA

My painting “Sea Witch” was selected for this exhibition. More information.

Two Artist Exhibition: Save the Date!
September 29-October 25, 2019
Opening reception: October 4
The Palette & The Page, Elkton, MD

I am looking forward to this two artist show with Jenny Davies-Reazor! Save the date for the opening reception on Friday evening, October 4, and stay tuned for more details.

Convention: Baltimore Comic Con
October 18-20, 2019
Baltimore, MD

I will be present at my artist alley table for the duration of the convention, offering originals, prints, and books. Admission to the convention is required to attend. More information.

Convention: Illuxcon
October 25 & 26, 2019
Reading, PA

I look forward to returning to Illuxcon, the convention of imaginative realist art, as part of the Friday and Saturday evening Showcase event. The Showcase at the Doubletree Hotel in Reading is free and open to the public. The Main Show and convention programming at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts is ticketed. More information.