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Garden at Giverny

16" x 20" oil on board

Canals of Chioggia

9" x 12" oil on board

Harbor of Honfleur, France

16" x 16" oil on board

Humpback Holler: Kenai Fjords, Alaska

16" x 20" oil on board

Past Tense

8" x 8" oil on board

Overlook (Pamo Valley)

12" x 16" oil on board

Lovin' La Jolla

16" x 20" oil on canvas

Joan LaRue was born in western Oklahoma in the family farmhouse. She started out with a Shetland pony and has been traveling out-of-doors ever since. Remote corners of Nepal, Bolivia, Guatemala, Alaska, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, France and Canada have stimulated her plein-air paintings. Currently living in Tucson, Arizona, she and the bear are always “going over the mountain to see what they can see.”

In Southwest Art she said, “I find that the more I paint, the more I observe and the more I realize what I missed observing the year before. I don’t know if the process will ever end. I hope it doesn’t. When you’re standing still, you could be sliding backwards. There is so much out there. I feel I have to keep reaching, exposing myself to life every moment because this isn’t dress rehearsal. It’s the real thing. I feel compelled to gather up all I can and share it. In life, it’s so easy to build a fence around oneself, not intentionally, but to become fearful or protective or so self-oriented or self-serving. It stands to reason, if one leaves the gates open, people, concepts and paintings can flow through.”

Joan has garnered superior accolades, including Best of Show, for oils displayed in countless juried, invitational and one-person shows. Professional honors encompass membership in Plein Air Painters of America, California Art Club, Society of American Impressionists, Oklahoma Society of Impressionists, Who’s Who in American Art, Tucson Plein-Air Painters’ Society, Northwest Rendezvous Group and selection for Frye Museum’s permanent collection. Southwest Art, Persimmon Hill, Art of the West, Orange Coast and Santa-Fe Focus and Artist’s magazine, regional television stations have showcased her work, as well as Oklahoma Petroglyphs exhibitions, which were shown at Tulsa’s Gilcrease and Oklahoma City’s National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Taught at University of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Art Museum

Professional Memberships: Plein Air Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Tucson, California Art Club, Oklahoma Society of Impressionists, Northwest Rendezvous Group, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists

Permanent Collections: Mercy Hospital (OKC), Integris Health and St. Anthony Health Center, Oklahoma State Capitol, Oklahoma State Art Collection, Robert S. Kerr Conference Center, Frye Museum, Montana Historical Society and Museum.

Invitational and Juried Shows: Gilcrease, Philbrook, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Sorrento Italy Museum of Art, Frye, Pepperdine University, Albuquerque, Laguna Beach Museum, Montgomery Alabama Museum, Haggin Museum

Publications: Who's Who in American Art, Art Talk, Art of the West, Focus of Santa Fe, Persimmon Hill, Orange Coast, Southwest Art, Arizona Highways, Arts and Antiques, Plein Air Magazine