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 creates projects for publication.



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.


Landscapes painted directly from life, including works from juried paint out competitions. View the full collection.


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.


Illustration for Overlight, Renegade Game Studios

Illustration: Overlight
Preorder/Available in September

I recently had the opportunity to create illustrations for the supplemental materials for Overlight, a new RPG created by Paul Alexander Butler and George Holland, published by Renegade Game Studios. My work can be found as the interiors for the sourcebook "The Skyborn Order and Its Enemies," available in September, and for more materials to be announced soon. More information.

Group Exhibition: Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, 39th Juried Exhibition
September 15-October 20, 2018, Reception: September 15, 12-4pm
Crary Art Gallery, Warren, PA

I'm pleased to have my painting "Sea Witch" included in this annual juried watercolor exhibition. More information.

Plein Air Event/Group Exhibition: Mountain Maryland
September 24-29, 2018
Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD

I will be competing as a juried artist at this week long plein air painting event. Previous work from the artists will be on display at the Arts Council all week, with a collector's opening on Friday night and a public viewing on Saturday of the new work completed during the week. More information.

Group Exhibition: Philadelphia Watercolor Society, 118th Works on Paper Exhibition
October 14-November 20, 2018, Reception: October 21, 3-5pm
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

My painting “Aurelia” is included in this annual juried exhibition of watercolor and other works on paper. More information.

Class: weekly Sessions in Watercolor
Select mondays 1-4pm
Next Session: October 15, 22, 29, November 29 (4 Consecutive weeks)
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Stevensville, MD

Watercolor classes on select Mondays. All levels, topics, and approaches welcome. Drop-ins welcome. More information.

convention/exhibition: Illuxcon (showcase)
october 19 & 20, 2018
goggleworks center for the arts, reading, pa

I will be exhibiting my work in the Friday and Saturday evening open "Showcase" event at the adjoining DoubleTree Hotel location, in conjunction with this exhibition and convention of Imaginative Realism that runs October 17-21. The Showcase is free and open to the public. The main convention is ticketed.

Workshop: Watercolor Portraits, Fundamentals and Exploration
April 25 & 26, 2019
York Fine Arts
Bridgewater, NJ

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Workshop: Watercolor Portraits, Fundamentals and Exploration
May 13-15, 2019
Art League of Ocean City
Ocean City, MD

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