Joan Painter-Jones

Any Port (2013)
mixed on canvas, wood, paint, collage
10 x 12 x 6 in.

I love the freedom that doing art gives me to be a child again. My work evolves from finding an interesting old piece of wood or metal, to finding and adding other wood, metal or other found objects, to a finished piece. The items may be entirely unrelated, but when the work is finished, somehow everything comes together like it belongs. Oftentimes, I add acrylic paint, whether muted or colorful, depending on what the work is asking for by then. I rely on my instincts and look for some kind of personal, emotional “pull” towards the work, kind of like magnet to metal. If the attraction is there I just love looking at the piece, like a child with a new birthday toy.