Barker, Joanne

Artist Bio:

Acrylic Landscape Artist

Interested in fine tuning her skills Joanne attends work shops, weekend paint retreats and spends much time in her studio.

In an effort to showcase her art, Joanne joined the fall Victoria County Studio Tour in 2018 and 2019, a self guided tour of various artists studios in the Kawartha Lakes region.   This provided the ideal opportunity to test the waters and sell her art.  Many of her works hang in private collections across Canada.

Her paintings have been displayed in juried shows at the Algonquin Park visitor’s center Gallery, and in John M Parrott Gallery in Belleville, Dignam Gallery Toronto, and most recently Society of Canadian Artist on line gallery.

Not having much plein-air experience Joanne stepped out of her comfort zone and participated in the TV production of “Landscape Artist of the Year Canada” as one of the wildcard artists in the 4 part competition series. She had 4 hours to complete her painting en plein-air at the end of which a winner was selected.  The series was aired in Feb 2020. 

In June of 2020 Joanne applied for and was offered a 4 week residency to the Chateau Orquevaux artist residency program in France however due to the global travel restrictions this was not possible.

2021 brings hope and a new series of paintings.

Joanne is a proud member of the Women’s Art Association of Canada and Eastern Central Ontario Art Association.

Artist Statement:

I am an acrylic landscape artist, self taught with a style edging on realism.

I prefer to work with acrylic paints as they dry quickly allowing me to add more layers of detail, not to mention how it travels well and clean up is simple.

As a teenager I was fond of the arts and used to pencil sketch people, but only started to paint landscapes as a hobby in 2010. 

Since retiring in 2017, I became more interested in developing my skills in realism and started taking a few workshops and doing weekend paint retreats. 

Inspiration is never far from my studio nestled among the tall red pines with trails at my doorstep or from our lakefront place near the east gates of Algonquin Park.

My references are from images taken while kayaking, hiking or ATVing.  I look for places off the beaten path where most people don’t usually go and where landscapes are in their pristine state.

As an artist my journey is an adventure on my terms.

Contact Information:


Instagram @joannebarkerart

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