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.



New limited edition prints now available!


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.


Class: Spring/Summer Sessions in Watercolor
Select mondays 1-4pm- Next Session TBA
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
609 Thompson Creek Rd, Stevensville, MD

Watercolor classes on select Mondays- next session TBA. All levels, topics, and approaches welcome. More information.

plein air event/group exhibition: wayne plein air festival
Festival: may 6-13, Exhibit: May 13-June 30, 2018
wayne art center, wayne, pa

This exhibit continues through June 30 at the Wayne Art Center, and is free and open to the public. Works are available for sale online through the Wayne Art Center's website. More information.

Group Exhibition: Southern Watercolor Society, 41st Annual Juried Exhibition
May 15-June 22, 2018, Opening: May 19
ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL

My painting "Contemplation II" was selected for the 41st Annual Juried Exhibition of the Southern Watercolor Society. More information.

plein air event/group exhibition: Paint Annapolis
June 3-10, 2018
Maryland federation of art, annapolis, md

The work from this plein air event will be available to purchase online through the Maryland Federation of Art's website through July 9. More information.

Group Exhibition: Baltimore Watercolor Society, Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
June 9-July 14, 2018, Reception: June 24, 2-4pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

My painting "Anguish" was selected for the annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Hope to see you at the reception!
More information.

Convention/Exhibition: Dragon Con (art show)
August 31-Sept 3, 2018
Atlanta, GA

I was selected by the jury to exhibit my work in the Dragon Con Art Show. My work will be part of the wall display and print shop. I will not have a table presence, but will be in attendance at the convention. A convention badge/event admission is required to visit the art show. More information.

Plein Air Event/Group Exhibition: Mountain Maryland
September 24-29, 2018
Allegany Arts Council
9 North Centre Street
Cumberland, MD 21502

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 (website will be updated soon with 2018 details).

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

More information.