JOAN AND BOBBY share a passion for making art and a conviction that it can be a path to self-knowledge, change, community and justice. They are artist-educators who value opportunities to share their passion with children and adults. They offer workshops together and separately. Joan paints at Vernon Street Studios in Somerville, MA and Bobby makes work at their home in Cambridge, MA. They spend time making art each year in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica. They both exhibit at Open Studios at 6 Vernon St. Somerville.
I am a visual artist whose main career has been as a dancer and choreographer.
I am currently using several media: oil on paper and canvas and mixed media on Yupo. My work combines abstraction with figuration, real life with fantasy. My palette is greatly influenced by the time I spend in Jamaica. As a dancer, rhythm and movement are central to my work. I also create paintings and collages especially for children.
I have always enjoyed working with my hands. The need to make art must come from two creative people in my life, my parents. My inspiration comes from a variety of experiences in my life – watching my mother create dolls -- but also from my observations of young children, my students during the many years I have spent as an early childhood educator. I am also inspired by the amazing array of discarded materials that I see on the streets and at Extras for Creative Learning (ExCLRecycles, also known as the Recycle Center), where I was workshop director for many years. I embrace the challenge of using this eclectic stuff along with art materials to create something new.
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