With earth tones and sensual lines, I create a dreamy depiction of my inner world. My paintings are composed with multiple thin layers of oil paint on stretched canvas. Using fluid motion, I intertwine the feminine face and form with curvilinear shapes inspired by nature. I often choose plants, the moon and faces to represent cycles of change, fertility and growth.
Born to Lemko parents looking to get out of Communist Poland, I spent two years of my childhood crossing national, cultural, and linguistic borders as my family negotiated its way from Breslau to Stamford, CT via Berlin. Because languages along the journey were unfamiliar to me, I developed an intrigue for people’s faces, attempting to gain understanding by studying their expressions. I became watchful and contemplative. This experience turned my awareness outward and inward, and since it was challenging to reach out to others, my connections with my own multi-faceted inner world emerged.
I have shown with galleries throughout the country and sold my art to collectors throughout the globe. My work is part of a permanent collection in Phoenix at the Shemer Arts Center and Museum where I exhibited a one-woman show in 2003. My paintings have been featured on the cover of several publications including “The Noise,” “Monsoon” and “Sow’s Ear.” My’s collaboration with poet Christopher Lane resulted in “Who is your God Now?” a book of his poetry, illustrated with my art. From 2006 till 2009 I had the pleasure of running my own gallery. I have also volunteered my time by curetting shows and working with the nonprofit Arts Marketplace Gallery. Always eager to share my love for creative expression, I have enjoyed being a guest artist teaching disadvantaged school age children.
Since moving to Arizona, I have lived among the red rocks of Sedona and the charm of the historic mountainside town of Jerome. Today, I spend my time painting among the tall saguaros of the Southwestern desert landscape near Tucson.
Joanna Pregon joined Pixels on April 20th, 2012.