Joanna Maisey

Born in the quaint market town of Sudbury in Suffolk ( and birthplace of the great British painter Thomas Gainsborough) I was very fortunate to grow up surrounded by wonderful countryside and rich cultural heritage on the doorstep, with the regions long lived association with the wool, silk weaving and textile trades.

I studied at the Suffolk College of Art and have worked in the creative sector in both London and the Midlands for several decades as an illustrator and textile designer, before starting my own design and manufacture business. However it had always been a dream and ambition to return to my fine art roots and love of drawing and painting, which I am now pursuing as a professional artist working from my country home in Northamptonshire.

I particularly enjoy painting landscapes and animals and I’m never short of inspiration, once again being nestled amongst some beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife. I love bright colour and the Fauvist movement remains a great inspiration and influence. I also really look forward to holidays to North Norfolk with its dramatic big skies and the ruggedness of the Northumberland coastline, a great contrast to my immediate surroundings and this provides some timely fresh challenges for my brushes and canvas!

Sadly my fledgling art school business had to close its doors in October 2020 due to the pandemic, but for those of you who wish to organise private or group tuition when we are safely through the other side, rest assured we can make it happen! In the meantime I hope you are all finding comfort in your creative endeavours during these challenging times, I certainly have been so grateful for such an absorbing means of escape whilst ‘grounded’! Here’s looking forward to a much brighter and happier 2021...