Joanne Halpin ::
Since moving to Maine in 1996 I have worked mainly in collage. It’s faster than painting and is a good way to get your creative juices flowing. Collage produces many ideas that can be pursued in other directions and media. I find collage materials in magazines. I cut out “tons” of things that I then try to file by color for easy access when piecing together my pictures. Other saving categories include skin tones and “body parts.” I also collect representations of objects that can be used, in whole or part, as symbols. I use printed materials from magazines as well. I save and incorporate paper that comes from non-magazine sources of all kinds and paint or print my own patterns or textures using acrylic paint.
Whatever the subject I tend to think and work in series – six or eight collages – rather than solitary works. Sometimes an idea needs multiple applications or experiments before it reaches its fullest expression. Or the best result may be accidental. Some collages are made of torn pieces, some are composed of precisely cut pieces and some combine both cutting and tearing methods. I often use acrylic paint and other media along with collage.
Subject matter varies as you’ll see in this website… landscape, seascape, still life, animals, and abstractions. My subjects and media evolve with my life.
I received my art education at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville with a major in painting in 1995. The natural beauty and peacefulness of Washington County, Maine, inspire and nurture me.