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About Me


JoAnne is a renowned artist whose expressive figure works, executed in watercolor, graphite and charcoal have received national, regional and local recognition. Her studio and gallery are located in Belton, SC. People are JoAnne’s favorite subjects. Even though each of us is unique, we are more alike than we are different. We all share the same basic anatomy, the same basic needs and the same universal emotions. In one person we see all people, including ourselves. It is said that an artist’s work is a self portrait. In the figures JoAnne draws and paints, she discovers parts of herself.


For more than forty years JoAnne has shared her skills and enthusiasm by conducting drawing and painting workshops, programs and demonstrations across the United States. Her role as juror for exhibitions at the regional and national level supports her belief in the importance of acknowledging artistic excellence and encouraging artists to work toward the highest creative standards.

The 20th Anniversary issue of WATERCOLOR magazine featured JoAnne as one of Twenty Emerging Artists from the United States. Let The Painting Lead, an article by JoAnne was featured in the 1997 fall issue of WATERCOLOR MAGIC magazine. In their Spring 1999 issue she was included in Maureen Bloomfield’s article, Don’t Give Your Brushes the Brush-Off (5 Pros Pick Their Favorites and Share Their Brush Secrets). In the 2001 WATERCOLOR MAGIC YEARBOOK JoAnne was included in the Watercolor Idea Notebook (Creativity Exercises).


JoAnne Anderson is a Signature Member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society, (New York, NY). The Mary S. Litt Award and Medal was presented to her at the 130th AWS International Exhibition. She is a Member With Excellence in the South Carolina Watermedia Society, receiving the Best in Show Award in 1999. SCWS has also honored her with a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts in South Carolina. JoAnne has been actively involved in organizing and supporting regional, state and local art organizations in the Southeast for over 40 years. She has served on various art organization boards as President, Executive Board Member, fund raiser and advocate while championing the importance of the arts at the grassroots level.


Parsons School for Design (NYC)
School for Visual Arts (NYC),
Art Students League (NYC),
Silvermine School of Art (Silvermine, CT)
The University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC).
JoAnne also studied with Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)

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