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Featured Artist – Joan Yap

June, Joan Yap
JUNE: Artist Statement

Joan takes a laidback approach to producing art, photography, and digital art, and tries not to think of it as ‘work.’ She enjoys the creative process, and says she is honored to be associated with artists at COAL, and in particular, photographers like Charles Dozer, whose work she greatly admires. Joan has had an affinity for creative expression all her life and majored in Art (BS) in Louisville, KY, and Art Education (Master’s) from Indiana U. 

Artist Bio

After her studies, she taught art for 10 years in public schools in Indiana, New York, and Los Angeles, and participated in juried shows nationwide. Venues included Audubon Artists/National Academy Galleries, NY; Knickerbocker Artists/Natl. Arts Club, NY; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; JB Speed Museum, KY; Mercyhurst Natl. Exhibition, PA; 500 Festival of the Arts, IN; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN – with a ribbon or two for her pen and ink drawings.

Her current NCAG/COAL exhibit represents the various stages of her art career: Earlier works are mainly pen and ink drawings using the crosshatching technique; sometimes with a hint of watercolor for emphasis. She went on to explore watercolor and oil painting, and currently has developed a passion for photography and digital art. Her photographs capture the lighting and mood of a particular setting or unique moment; and with the use of photo-editing software, her digital art transforms images into abstract colors, lines, and shapes.

While pursuing a business venture, she took a 30-year hiatus from artistic expression until a friend, whom she met in a Mira Costa yoga class, urged her to join his art group (Art Group of North County/AGNC) under the leadership of Phaya Gifford. Affiliation with AGNC inspired her to join COAL in late 2019, and she was thrilled to win 3 ribbons in the first four months for photography: Dos Ninos de Mazatlan (3rd; Mexico cruise); Amish Child on Train (Best of Show; captured while traveling by rail from LA to Toronto in 2019); and Vipassana (1st; Buddhist meditation). In recent years, her digital art pieces have been accepted by Jazzercise Corporation, Carlsbad (Curator, Cheryl Ehlers) for display in their ongoing art lease programs.

Joan takes a laidback approach to producing art, photography, and digital art, and tries not to think of it as ‘work.’ She enjoys the creative process, and says she is honored to be associated with artists at COAL, and in particular, photographers like Charles Dozer, whose work she greatly admires.

After her studies, she taught art for 10 years in public schools in Indiana, New York, and Los Angeles, and participated in juried shows nationwide. Venues included Audubon Artists/National Academy Galleries, NY; Knickerbocker Artists/Natl. Arts Club, NY; Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts; JB Speed Museum, KY; Mercyhurst Natl. The exhibition, PA; 500 Festival of the Arts, IN; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, IN – with a ribbon or two for her pen and ink drawings.

Her current NCAG/COAL exhibit represents the various stages of her art career: Earlier works are mainly pen and ink drawings using the crosshatching technique; sometimes with a hint of watercolor for emphasis. She went on to explore watercolor and oil painting and currently has developed a passion for photography and digital art. Her photographs capture the lighting and mood of a particular setting or unique moment; and with the use of photo-editing software, her digital art transforms images into abstract colors, lines, and shapes.

While pursuing a business venture, she took a 30-year hiatus from artistic expression until a friend, whom she met in a Mira Costa yoga class, urged her to join his art group (Art Group of North County/AGNC) under the leadership of Phaya Gifford. Affiliation with AGNC inspired her to join COAL in late 2019, and she was thrilled to win 3 ribbons in the first four months for photography: Dos Ninos de Mazatlan (3rd; Mexico cruise); Amish Child on Train (Best of Show; captured while traveling by rail from LA to Toronto in 2019); and Vipassana (1st; Buddhist meditation). In recent years, her digital art pieces have been accepted by Jazzercise Corporation, Carlsbad (Curator, Cheryl Ehlers) for display in their ongoing art lease programs.

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