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Joan Branca     

Artist Statement


In all seasons I look, responding to the dance of light as it plays along rock and shore, the ever-changing sky, or some angle of land meeting water altered only by the moving tides. Out in nature reacting to the immediacy of the place I quickly record what has drawn me to the site.  It is always changing. Sometimes the freshness of this experience is enough and I leave these paintings alone. At other times I go back to my studio putting things together and taking things apart as the images become resolved in paint.


I live near the water in New York but fell in love with the natural beauty of Maine when I attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. I received my Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Every summer I am drawn to Little Cranberry delighting in the changing light and landscape.

My artwork is represented in private, corporate, and public collections among them: The Herbert Johnson Museum of Cornell University, The Union League Club of NY, The Foundation for Latin American Anthropological Research, Guatemala as well as the Jim Simons and Steven Barbash Collections. I have been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for my paintings including the NY Foundation on the Arts Fellowship for Painting.