Artist Joan Iatesta Smith

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The Artist Says:

  " If only only one had oneself under perfect control, one could paint a thing in one sitting. Not that you are to attempt this. If you work on a head for a week without indicating the features you will have learnt something about the modeling of the head." John Singer Sargent


Born in and raised in Philadelphia, PA,  Joan’s interest in drawing and painting began when she was a young girl. She was greatly influenced by her father, who was both an engineer and an artist. As a teenager, she attended Saturday art classes, at Moore College of Art, where she was was introduced to figure drawing and painting. She often spent time visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, studying paintings of some of her favorite artists, Sargent, Cecelia Beaux, and  Eakins, to name a few.
1989, Joan moved from Philadelphia to Seattle, WA, where she raised her family, and received a degree in art from the University of Washington. Since her retirement, as a high school art teacher, she now splits her time between Scottsdale AZ and Seattle WA. In Scottsdale she enjoys attending open studio and workshops at Scottsdale Artists’ School. She loves to travel and has had the opportunity to live briefly in Italy, learn to speak Italian, and visit many of the greatest museums in Europe. She has exhibited her work in group shows and is an award winning artist whose style reflects her love for contemporary realism. 
Joan is a member of: Oil Painters if America and Portrait Artists of AZ. 
“Painting has always been my passion and has been a reflection of my life, temperament, and worldview. My personal style, has emerged as a result of my determination to remain true to my love for realism and and to paint what is inspirational to me. This is reflected in the diversity and versatility of my work. Drawing and painting from observation of nature has not only advanced my craft as an artist, but also has opened the door to allow for further experimentation and creativity.  I am especially drawn to still life and the human figure. I love to observe the way light interacts [...]

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