Joanna Stone is a figurative artist and has a studio here at Westbury. During the last 20 years Joanna has exhibited in and around Bedfordshire. She has undertaken a number of commissions over the years and has various works in private collections. Joanna also runs independent art classes.
In this artist interview Joanna shares with us her artistic process, Ideas and inspiration.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR ARTISTIC BACKGROUND AND HOW YOU BECAME AN ARTIST?
When I was as young as 4 I clearly remember watching my grandfather painting a landscape on their anaglypta wallpaper in their house in Yorkshire. He was a steel worker and painting was a hobby, it was a real passion.
I was totally inspired and fascinated with how he was painting trees, a 4 year old gazing up in wonderment. I think this was the key moment when I thought:
"This is what I want to do, I want to be an artist when I grow up"
This set the path for my artistic career and I enjoyed art throughout school. When I reached my O levels I wasn't able to take art as a more academic route was planned for me. It was a grammar school so the emphasis was always going to be on the more academic subjects.
However there was a wonderful O level art teacher, he offered to help me attain an art O level. I would go to the art room at lunchtime or after school and I would be set art homework - Through his help and support I managed to achieve my O level. I went on to do an A level in art which naturally led to going to art college. I did a degree in Loughborough followed by a teaching certificate at Goldsmiths in London.
I have carried on ever since, art has been my whole life right from when I was a 4 year old gazing up at wonderment at my grandfathers landscape.
YOU DO A LOT OF FIGUARTIVE WORK, WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE HUMAN FORM THAT INSPIRES YOU TO PAINT THIS SUBJECT MATTER?
It's definitely something that I've always enjoyed doing, Life Drawing has always been something which I've felt strangely confident about and always been able to