Joanne McAndrew is a Fingal-based visual artist who specialises in landscape and figurative painting. Having grown up in Blanchardstown and currently living there now with her own family, means that she has spent many hours in the hospital for various reasons and is delighted to have this opportunity to exhibit here and contribute to arts and health in the hospital. This is her first solo exhibition although she has taken part in group exhibitions previously in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) 2012 and 2013 and in the Zozimus Gallery on Francis Street in 2017.
You will find Joanne exploring the coastline and canals of North County Dublin and further afield, where she paints “en plein air” a French expression meaning “open air”. Plein air paintings are rendered on-site, outdoors, in the elements, yielding a strong sense of immediacy. Preferring to work directly from life, Joanne feels that direct observation within the environment allows a certain quality to be captured in a painting. Studying the nuances of light and shade and working in an ever changing environment presents an alluring challenge that draws her back time and again. She has the ability to quickly capture the essence and spirit of her subject.
Joanne also draws her inspiration from the human form regularly painting and drawing the figure from life. She facilitates a weekly life-drawing session in Malahide and also attends life-drawing sessions in the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in Dublin. Joanne has been studying painting and drawing in NCAD and the RHA since 2011.
A regular participant of the Dublin plein air painting festival for many years, Joanne received two awards this year: 1st prize for her painting “Ballbriggan Harbour” and 2nd prize for “Malahide garden lawn”.
In 2017 Joanne was the runner up in RTE’s television program “Painting the Nation” in which 7 contestants painted their way around Ireland.