September 2022: Joanie Krug

Joanie Krug is attracted to the unexpected, even the random event that occurs for each of us daily. Her work challenges us to embrace the turnarounds in life that leave us with a different perspective and invites us to land in a new space. As a Portland based visual artist working in both charcoal and oils, her subject matter predominantly focuses on women in expressive emotional and social moments. In addition, she has been concerned with integrating the figure within a landscape or structured environment.  The spontaneity of gesture fuels the spirit of her imagery. Most recently, Joanie has  also been  exploring different ways that color, space and design inhabit the rectangle.  Moving away from more graphic descriptions, her paintings emote energy and emotion with a varied palette and brushstroke. The painting process is an eventful journey- incorporating layers of effort to finally land on a moment of resolution. The challenge to form a symbiotic relationship between color and shape has guided her intent in her paintings