Joan Marie Giampa is an award-winning artist, designer and educator based in Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA. After many years working in graphic design in the corporate sector, Joan is now a full-time artist working on a new series of paintings and a book.

Joan’s work is collected both in the USA and Europe. Art critic David Betz best describes Joan's work as "sensual organic abstract painting." Her iconography (content) reflects a deep connection with nature and an ongoing desire to depict the underlying design of natural objects.”

Joan Marie Giampa Artist Biography

Joan Marie Giampa was born in Arlington, Virginia, in 1960. Her earliest memories are of standing in front of her kindergarten easel and thinking she would be a painter when she grew up. Five decades later, she is an artist and paints what is true to her authentic self. Joan also loves learning. She holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from James Madison University and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland in 1998. In 2012, Joan received a Doctor of Arts from George Mason University. Joan's dissertation is titled Sinking Maps: A Conceptual Tool for Visual Metaphor.

Joan Marie Giampa Artist Statement

Painting is lifelong journey which I began at the early age of four. I remember standing in front of my kindergarten easel with paintbrush in hand and telling myself that I would be a painter when I grew up. 

My earlier influences were Thomas Cole and Pierre Fragonard. As a teen I would often visit The Smithsonian Institute and spend hours looking at Coles Voyage of life. I love the metaphor and story behind the paintings.

My work currently is focused on the style of Alla Prima painting where I can focus on a more direct approach to the process. My palette continues to mimic Fragonards painting of "The Swing".

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