Joan was enriched by the arts her entire life. Born in Vancouver, BC, she was raised in an artistic family. Her parents encouraged her ability, as her mother is a self taught artist and her siblings either paint or are musically accomplished. She grew up in California and attended schools in the San Francisco Bay area. Winning awards for art excellence began in high school where Joan was involved with art and graphics to promote school and community events. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in Fine Arts with a design emphasis. Further studies continued at the Art Academy in San Francisco and Visual Arts in New York in 1982. Exploring all mediums has been an on going interest. Her conceptual and design development absorbed her for twenty years in the design and advertising industry which led her from San Francisco to New York, Los Angeles and now Vancouver, creating design and advertising campaigns for some of the largest national accounts in North America. Her awards in this field are numerous.
Joan's current acrylic paintings layer vivid colours and texture and showcase her love of simplicity and succinct visual composition. Her series of “Figures capes” depict figures in activities represented in a fresh, abstract style full of energy. Her style captures figures in scenes that are abstract, full of dimension, with vibrant colours and sweeping strokes. “When painting I feel that the power of the suggestive is greater than a statement of reality. I'm constantly trying to achieve a greater sense of communication in my work, challenging myself to create a sensation or feeling, rather than the representation of a realistic scene, thus leaving the image more open for the viewer to interpret. With my figure-scapes, I strive to capture a moment in time that invites the viewer to participate with feelings ranging from intrigue to nostalgia.
Joan Baron's work is truly “unreal”. More than a gratuitous description, it best explains her style of capturing scenes subtly balanced between realism and interpretation. “Every location, at a point in time, has an exaggeration of colour that transcends realism”.
With her vivid hues and dramatic visual lines, Joan captures that light and mood, creating a visceral sensation for the viewer. This graphic and interpretive simplicity helps create a deeper evocation of a specific place in time to draw you back for another look.
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"Yesterday afternoon in Vancouver, we gathered with a few hundred friends and relatives to celebrate Joan's Life.
We knew Joan Baron as a focused artist who cared deeply about our Gallery, her friends & family and the community she lived in. Her spirituality penetrated each and every painting. Her smile would light up a room."
Joan Baron - Excerpt from Eulogy read at a "celebration of Life Service" in Vancouver October 29th
In September 2007 , Joan Dreamed up an idea for something she called " Poets Pause"
A thought provoking public art installation that would incorporate Poetry - so that visitors would literally stop and pause.
Joan created two extraordinary sculptures that were installed in the "Alta Lake Park" - Each sculpture with a distinct theme for the
The two sites were designed to be interactive and contemplative places to interact with the art , read the poetry and sit down & relax
while taking in some of Whistlers most stunning views.
Joan Baron's Poets Pause was commissioned by the resort Municipality of Whistler to enrich and continue the ongoing appreciation of the arts.
"This creative soul was an inspiration to us all and will be dearly missed."
- Wendy Wacko - owner -director mountain galleries at the fairmont, October 30, 2015