Joan P Stratton lives in the tropical far north, Cape York, Queensland, Australia. Her beautiful home and country is the inspiration for her art. She began her working career in Melbourne, as a trainee in graphic art, technical drawings and drafting for a mining and engineering company. With the diversity of work available to her, she gained vast experience with all manner of mediums prior to the advent of computers. In the mid ’80s, as a sideline to her permanent employment, she designed and prepared artwork for record covers (Albums, Eps), promotional ads and flyers for rock bands that marketed their music independently.
She is a mixed media artist, who enjoys experimenting with every medium and they all call to her at one time or another. She loves to create art…it calms her, completes her and takes her away to colour, brush and creativity. Whether putting that brush to paper, canvas or using a digital brush, her mind is totally captured by the piece she is producing.
Her most recent works have been digitally drawn, using a mouse which has been quite challenging as it is not at all like using a pen! Though she does find that her design drafting background and years of CAD experience helps her with understanding the computer drawing process and capabilities of the software. Joan has always liked to push the boundaries experimenting and where possible use non-traditional methods of creating and developing her artworks. Recently she has been experimenting digitally by incorporating her poetry, photography and existing paintings on canvas within her digital artworks.
For the last couple of years she has been digitally drawing the illustrations for her self-published Grow With Joe Children’s Books, Minnamoolka Station Series which are available via Amazon. She has very much enjoyed drawing the animals of Far North Queensland!
Art is a personal experience that is seen differently by people from all walks of life. When creating Joan feels the story of the piece and tries to do that story justice. She would like for art lovers to enjoy viewing her work and the stories behind them.
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