ABOUT JOAN STEINMAN

I have been been painting for 45 years. As a 6th generation Texan born in Beaumont many of the subjects of my paintings are inspired by scenes connected to family history. I also find inspiration for paintings in the scenes of everyday life and from travel adventures. Interior spaces are fascinating subjects. The light from a window on the objects on a table or looking through a door to the rooms beyond create attractive compositional patterns. Recently I used the interior scenes of an old family mill my Great Grandfather began in the 1890’s as the subject of 2 years of painting. The combination of complicated imagery and emotion ties to my family added something special to the process. Years ago in Graduate School at Indiana University, I spent 2 years painting portraits of my family. The distance and the emotional ties made me more sensitive to the paintings. I find the most successful way of approaching a painting is through the feelings of connection and composition.

BORN

1953                Beaumont, Texas

EDUCATION

1983               M.F.A. Indiana University, IN

1982               Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

1979               Independent Study Menton, France

1976               University of Texas, San Antonio, TX

1975               B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO

1973               Pietro Vennuchi School of Art, Perugia, Italy

1972               St. Mary’s College, Rome, Italy

1971               St. Mary’s College, South Bend, IN

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