Joanne Stramara of North Port grew up in rural Pennsylvania. Her childhood memories are filled with visions of her Grandmother’s colorful quilts and beautiful flowers. She moved to Florida 13 years ago and finds artistic inspiration from her time in nature and encounters with diverse flora and fauna. You can see her joy for life and passion for art in her beautiful paintings.
“Watercolor is my favorite medium,” noted Joanne. “I love to touch the brush to the paper and let the magic of watercolor unfold.”
Joanne is also resourceful. In 2018, she had surgery for a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder. This created an opportunity for her to learn how to paint with her non-dominant left hand. After many months of therapy, Joanne’s shoulder has healed. Her latest challenge is painting 50 paintings in 50 days.
“I don’t paint for honors, awards or praise,” added Joanne. “I paint because of the absolute joy and fulfillment that sketching and painting bring into my life.”
Joanne also has a passion for teaching art. She teaches a watercolor class to adults at the North Port Art Center and she also helps with their Summer Art Camp for children. Many of her adult students are Canadians taking a break from the winter season. Joanne is a member of the Suncoast Watercolor Society and a co-owner with 20 other artists of the Sea Grape Gallery in Punta Gorda.
Joanne stresses the importance of playing in the process of being creative.
“My students hear the refrain ‘play with your stuff’ so much that some of them suggested the words will probably be on my tombstone. In the meantime, they presented me with a lovely apron decorated with the familiar words.”
See more of Joanne’s paintings here or visit the Sea Grape Gallery at 113 W. Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda.