JoAnne Houlsen

Miss Tess,   18" x 24"    Oil Paint/Canvas Panel

Miss Tess

My paintings are colorful yet calming representations of places and things I have a connection to.

Edward Hopper said it very aptly, "If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint."

I find it exciting and challenging to be able to express how I see the world visually. The process of

seeing and then being able to filter what I see in a two-dimensional format is an emotional experience

that is hard to express verbally.

Photographing what I see is an important part of my process and because I am a studio painter, I often

use other tools such as Photoshop to manipulate the images I take to help me compose my image

and get optimal lighting and harmonious use of color for the finished painting.


My medium of expression is, for the most part, oil paints, but I also use watercolors, gouache, and

sometimes dabble with reductive print-making.