Joanne Thomson is a watercolourist. What started as rebellion against the rules imposed by a family of oil painters has become a love affair. “Watercolour demands conversation. It will not be lectured to. Water does what it does. Pigments do what they do. I have to work with them (and sometimes gently persuading them to try something new.)” Thomson uses these conversations to create images that evoke emotional responses and create primal connections.
Mason Jar 51 with Indian Paintbrush
A work from my Mason Jar series. This series began as a family history project and then moved into food and environmental security. Also called the common red paintbrush, this type grows on the land farmed/ranched by my grandparents. It is more usually found in mountainous areas, like the San Juan Ridge Ecological Reserve, a rare sub-alpine meadow that is part of the epic Kludahk Trail.
region: South Island
closest community: Jordan River
original medium: Watercolour