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.

"My current process for creating the work in this series begins with shooting photo reference of friends, family, and professional performers, because of photography's ability to capture fleeting expressions and emotions. Sections of my preliminary drawing on watercolor paper are masked out, and watercolor is splashed, dripped, sprayed, and brushed onto the exposed areas, alternating wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry applications. When the masking is removed, the traditional components of the portrait are completed utilizing a controlled application of the media, layering washes of warm and cool colors to create realistic skin tones. Sometimes multiple reference sources are woven together in different layers to create conceptual juxtapositions or to create a feeling of movement or the passage of time. Ultimately, I work back and forth between the figurative and abstract components to resolve the composition and concept for the portrait."

"Rift" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
Previously included in National Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition, 2017 and included in Infected by Art 6 juried annual
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“Intermediary 2” Watercolor on paper, 22” x 22”, 2019
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"Anguish" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 28", 2018
Received Group A Award at Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, 2018.
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"Memento Mori" Watercolor on paper, 18" x 24", 2017
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“Beautiful Zephyr,” Watercolor on paper, 15” x 22”, 2019
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"Sea Witch" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017 Available- please inquire.

"Sea Witch" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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"Escape Velocity" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2016
Included in Splash 19: Illusion of Light- The Best of Watercolor, North Light books
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"Panorama" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, and acrylic on paper, 5.5" x 21", 2016
Received PWCS Board of Directors’ Award at Philadelphia Water Color Society's 117th International Exhibition of Works on Paper, 2017.
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"Out of My Skull I" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor marker on paper, 9" x 12", 2018
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"Out of My Skull III" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor marker on paper, 9" x 12", 2018
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"Simultaneous Realities" Watercolor on paper, 9" x 12", 2017
Previously included in Maryland Federation of Art "Art on Paper" juried exhibition 2017
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"Generations" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
Currently on view and available through the Fallbrook Art Center’s 10th annual Signature American Watermedia International Exhibition in Fallbrook, CA, February 10-April 21, 2019.

“Blaze” Watercolor on paper, 15” x 22”, 2019
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"Bog Witch" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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"Gaze" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
Received Ron Schloyer Oustanding Watercolor Award at Pennsylvania Watercolor Society's 28th Juried Exhibition.
Included in Splash 20: Creative Compositions- The Best of Watercolor, North Light books.
Currently on view and available through “I Observe,” Rehs Contemporary, March 9-29, 2019.
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"Aurelia" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
Currently on view and available through “I Observe,” Rehs Contemporary, March 9-29, 2019.
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"Early Spring" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2018
Selected as a March 2018 PoetsArtists staff pick
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"Intermediary" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2018
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"Echoes at Caherconnell" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 22", 2018
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"Modern Love" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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"Out of My Skull II" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor marker on paper, 9" x 12", 2018
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"Out of My Skull IV" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor marker on paper, 9" x 12", 2018
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"The Deep" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2017
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