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
Preorder/Available in September

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," available in September, and for more materials to be announced soon. More information.

Group Exhibition: Abend Gallery, 28th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show
November 3rd - November 24th, 2018, Opening Reception: Nov. 3, 6-9pm
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO

I’m so pleased to have five small watercolors included in this exhibit, which includes works from over 150 artists, ranging from emerging to well-established. The full catalogue for the exhibit is also available online if you would like to inquire and purchase from afar. More information.

Online Event: Every Day Original
November 4, 2018

  “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

One new small work available every day! I’m joining the roster of the fantasy and figurative artists on Every Day Original for “Newbie November,” with my piece “Justice” going live for sale on November 4! Sign up for the EDO mailing list for notification of new works and to get first chance at purchasing. More information.

Group Exhibition: Philadelphia Watercolor Society, 118th Works on Paper Exhibition
October 14-November 20, 2018, Reception: October 21, 3-5pm
Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

My painting “Aurelia” is included in this annual juried exhibition of watercolor and other works on paper. More information.

Class: weekly Sessions in Watercolor
Select mondays 1-4pm
Oct/Nov session cancelled
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Stevensville, MD

Note that the previously listed October/November session at Chesapeake has been CANCELLED. Stay tuned for other events at Chesapeake.

Workshop: Watercolor Portraits, Fundamentals and Exploration
April 25 & 26, 2019
York Fine Arts
Bridgewater, NJ

More information.

Workshop: Watercolor Portraits, Fundamentals and Exploration
May 13-15, 2019
Art League of Ocean City
Ocean City, MD

More information.