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
Available Now

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," More information.

Group Exhibition: Abend Gallery, 28th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

Although this exhibit has concluded, the work from the exhibit is still available to view and purchase through Abend’s website. I had five small works included in this show. More information.

“Piercing the Veil (Blue),” 8” x 8” watercolor available now through Abend Gallery’s    Holiday Miniatures Show

“Piercing the Veil (Blue),” 8” x 8” watercolor available now through Abend Gallery’s Holiday Miniatures Show

Online Event: Every Day Original

I recently joining the roster of the fantasy and figurative artists on Every Day Original as part of “Newbie November.” My piece “Justice” is available for sale through EDO: More information.

Juror: Idaho Falls National Exhibition
Entries due January 16, 2019
March 14-June 6, 2019
Idaho Falls Arts Council, Idaho Falls, ID

I was very pleased to be invited to serve as this year’s guest juror of selections and awards for this national exhibition open to artists working in all media. More information.

Group Exhibition: Signature American Watermedia Exhibition
February 10-April 21, 2019
Fallbrook Art Center, Fallbrook, CA

I’m honored to have my painting “Generations” selected for inclusion in this juried museum exhibition. More information.

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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