www.joanneshellan.com

I LOVE painting Pacific Northwest Landscapes. I've been living in Washington State nearly all my life and most of my scenes are from around the PNW. My father was a great lover of nature, a painter and photographer and has passed this legacy on to me. My work starts with an incredible sight that makes me stop and take photographs with my trusty, always-with=me camera. I begin by using multiple photo references and sketching out many designs before choosing the strongest compostion.

I don't have an exact method that I use for every single painting. Each design seems to demand a slightly different approach. I do love to use strong color and high contrast. I love letting the strokes from the brush show up big and clear. I try very hard not to let every detail overtake my painting so that the viewer can fill in some of these for themselves-- often I take my glasses off when I'm painting so I can't even see the detail let alone add them! Each painting takes several weeks of pokeing and shaping it into the very best painting I can create.

CommissionMarina MooringsHomeward BoundMarket DaySummer LongingRed Adirondacks and Red UmbrellaRed Adirondacks and Green UmbrellaSong of CompanionshipFair WindsA Little Beach WalkFloating LifeHappy HourPainted for the Kirkland Arts Center auction ARTbeat 2015ReflectCommissionElements of SummerOn the RocksSound ViewCommissionOn the Way to the BeachOne Foot on the PathNorth ViewSouth ViewWine CountryRiver SentriesRocky PathThe Right FieldTake Me HomeWearing WhiteGift of GreenChant of the ArborHappy TrailsHomeward BoundField DayPatchwork