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Joanna Barnum NWS 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.


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


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


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


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“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
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.

“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

It is my tremendous honor to report that “Within/Without” was awarded the 2019 Gold Medal in this recent show!

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, and has been awarded the Excellence in Figure Award! 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 and has been selected for the Frank Nigeria Memorial Award for Transparent Watercolor. More information.

Two Artist Exhibition: Eternal/Ephemeral
September 29-October 25, 2019
Opening reception: October 4, 5-8pm
The Palette & The Page, Elkton, MD

I am looking forward to this two artist show with Jenny Davies-Reazor! Please join us for the opening reception on Friday evening, October 4. We hope to see you there! More information.

Group Exhibition: Rise!
September 30-October 36, 2019
Opening Reception: October 4, 5-9pm
Art League of Ocean City Center for the Arts, Ocean City, MD

I have several pieces included in this group exhibit of women artists curated by Deborah Rolig. I won’t be at the opening reception in person as my show in Elkton opens at the same time, but if you are in Ocean City, I hope you will stop by to see this show! More information.

Group Exhibition: Mythic
October 14-December 7, 2019
Opening Reception: November 1, 6-8pm
Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) Catonsville Gallery, Catonsville, MD

Several works are included in this group exhibit focusing on artists who incorporate elements of myth, legends, folktale, and story into their work. I would love to see you at the reception!

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.

Workshop: Watercolor Portraits, Fundamentals & Exploration
February 18 & 19, 2020
Art League of Ocean City Center for the Arts
Ocean City, MD

Join me for an exploration of the portrait in watercolor, including fundamentals and experimental techniques with masking fluid. Recommended for students with some watercolor experience. Students who took the Spring 2019 version of this workshop may build on what they learned with new, varied projects but the previous workshop is not a pre-requisite. More information.

Group Exhibition: The Creator & The Muse
May 2020
Opening Ceremony: May 15, 2020
33 Contemporary Gallery/Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

My portrait of Grace Cavalieri, Poet Laureate of Maryland, will be included in this exhibit produced by PoetsArtists. Stay tuned for more information!