Artist Biography

Joanne’s large-scale hyperrealistic charcoal portraits depict Australia’s leading artists, actors, businesspeople and philanthropists. 

Her dramatic, wall-sized images have captured the eye of galleries, designers, and private collectors worldwide. Joanne’s outstanding level of detail and artistic skill has gained attention all over Australia and New York, where she had a sell-out solo exhibition at Artexpo New York. She has painted luminaries including actor Jack Charles, artist Vincent Fantauzzo, and community activist Les Twentyman OAM, and continues to explore different cultures and expressions through her unique style. This merging of ancient techniques with a fresh and dynamic approach has marked Joanne as one of the most intriguing portrait artists to watch in Australia.


“I create with a method called ‘painting with charcoal’ which I developed during my travels through Northern Thailand. Using fine animal hair brushes I craft myself, plus charcoal powder, I can achieve a dramatic effect of contrasting light and shadow.  I love using these ancient techniques to create realism, drama and depth in my works"


Exhibitions and AWARDS

After living abroad in London, Tokyo and New York, Joanne is now based in Australia. In 2011, Joanne exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair, where she had a sell-out show. She has since exhibited around Australia in Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland and Western Australia.  In 2014 Joanne had her first International show at Artexpo New York. Joanne has won several awards for her work including two consecutive People’s Choice awards in the prestigious Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, as well as the People’s Choice in the Adelaide Perry Prize – the most significant drawing prize in Australia. 



2018- Black Swan Prize for Portraiture - Finalist
2018- Lethbridge Art Award - Finalist
2018- Stanthorpe Art Prize - Finalist
2018 - World I.A Awards - Finalist
2017- Contemporary Art Awards- Finalist
2016- Hornsby Art Prize - Finalist
2016- Cliftons Art Prize - Finalist
2016- Mornington Peninsular National Works On Paper  - Finalist
2016- Stanthorpe Art Festival - Finalist
2016- Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award - Finalist
2015- The Br McCarthy Memorial Award - Winner
2014- Paul Guest Prize 2014 - Finalist
2014- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing - People's Choice Winner 2014
2013- CamArt Show - Peoples Choice Award
2013- Marie Ellis OAM Prize For Drawing - Finalist
2013- Lethbridge Gallery Small Scale Art Award - Finalist
2013- Artz Blitz 2013 - 1st Prize - 2D
2012- Art Fido art competition  - 1st Prize - Art Watchdogs Favourite
2012- Black Swan Prize For Portraiture - People's Choice Award
2012- B.S.G “Works On Paper Exhibition” - Second Prize
2011- Black Swan Prize For Portraiture  - People's Choice Award



2018 - Black Swan Prize for Portraiture, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2018 - Marvellous Melbourne - Pan Pacific Melbourne
2018 - Albert Park Art Show, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2018 - Hidden Faces -Victorian Salon des Refuses, Pan Pacific Melbourne
2018 - Bayside Art Show, Brighton, Victoria
2018 - Lethbridge Gallery Small Works Exhibition, Queensland
2018 - Stanthorpe Art Festival- Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
2018 - Seoul Illustration Fair - Seoul, Korea
2018 - World Illustration Awards, Somerset House, London, U.K
2017 - Hidden Faces - Victorian Salon des Refuses, Pan Pacific Melbourne
2017- Linden Postcard Show , Domain House, Melbourne
2017- St.Kevins Art Show, Melbourne
2016 -National Works On Paper - Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery
2016- Stanthorpe Art Festival- Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
2016- Lethbridge 10,000 - Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane
2015- Djalus Legacy, curated by Look Art. - Collins St. Melbourne
2015- St.Kevins Art Show - Toorak, Melbourne
2014- Paul Guest Prize 2014 - Bendigo Art Gallery
2014- CamArt  2014 , Canterbury, Victoria
2014- Drawing From Memory - Sydney Jewish Museum, Sydney
2014- New York Art Expo - Pier 94  New York, New York, U.S.A
2014- Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing 2014 - Adelaide Perry Gallery, N.S.W
2014- Artz Blitz 14 - Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne
2013- A Taste Of Things To Come, Breslin Gallery, Victoria
2013- CamArt  2013, Canterbury, Victoria
2013- Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing, Jugglers Art Space, Q.L.D
2013 -Lethbridge Gallery Small Scale Art Exhibition, Brisbane
2013 - Artz Blitz 2013, Kingston Arts Centre, Melbourne 
2012 - 40x40 exhibition, Brunswick st Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - Black Swan Prize For Portraiture, Linton & Kaye Gallery , Perth
2012 - Art Melbourne 12, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2012 – B.S.G “Works On Paper Exhibition” B.S.G Gallery, Melbourne
2012 - ASX Thomas Reuters Charity Foundation Silent Auction, Westin Sydney 
2011 - 4o x 40 Show, Brunswick Street Gallery
2011 - Sydney Art Show, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
2011 - Black Swan Prize For Portraiture, Perth Town Hall
2011 - Art Melbourne 11, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne