Responding to the natural world, Joan Branca translates the intensity of the experience into canvases filled with energetic and colorful brushstrokes. Joan fixes in paint the experience of light, color, and a sense of place. Working both in her studio and “en plein air” she weaves tapestries of color and light, inviting the viewer to observe the rhythms of nature in all seasons.
Joan lives near the water in New York but fell in love with the natural beauty of Maine when she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received her Masters of Fine Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Every summer she is drawn to Little Cranberry delighting in the changing light and landscape.
Joan’s 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. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards for her paintings including the NY Foundation on the Arts Fellowship for Painting.