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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"Memento Mori" Watercolor on paper, 18" x 24", 2017
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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
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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
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"Natural History VIII" Watercolor with mixed media and 24k gold leaf mounted on cradled panel, finished with UV varnish (ready to hang), 6" x 6", 2018
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"Natural History IV" Watercolor with mixed media and 24k gold leaf mounted on cradled panel, finished with UV varnish (ready to hang), 6" x 6", 2018
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"Contemplation II" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
On view and available for sale through the Southern Watercolor Society's 41st Juried Exhibition, May 15-June 22, 2018, ArtCenter Manatee, Bradenton, FL.

"Outer Space" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2016
Received Group C Award at Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition 2016
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"Kalindi Eating A Banana" Watercolor on paper, 12" x 16", 2013
Received Golden Art Supplies award at Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition 2013 and included in Splash 17: Inspiring Subjects- The Best of Watercolor from North Light books
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"Squelch (Jester and Herald of the Magpie Court)" Watercolor on paper, 16" x 24", 2015
Previously included in Baltimore Watercolor Society Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition 2015 and received Best Watercolor at Harford Artists' Association Pictures at an Exhibition 2015
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"Early Spring" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2018
Selected as a March 2018 Poets & Artists staff pick
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"Aurelia" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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"Echoes at Caherconnell" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 22", 2018
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"Anguish" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 28", 2018
On view and available for sale through Baltimore Watercolor Society's Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD, June 9-July 14, 2018

"Modern Love" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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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
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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 I" Watercolor with crayon, colored pencil, acrylic, and watercolor marker on paper, 9" x 12", 2018
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"Naiad" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2016
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"Sword" India ink on paper, 8" x 10", 2017
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"Poison" India ink on paper, 8" x 10", 2017
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"The Deep" Watercolor on paper, 22" x 30", 2017
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"Contemplation I" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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"Time and Again" Watercolor on paper, 12" x 16", 2017
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"Don't Move" Watercolor on paper, 15" x 22", 2017
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