After fifteen years of working in the scenic industry in New York it was time for a change.
I absolutely loved the work – every job was different and I learned so much. As a scenic painter and designer I did work for Disney, Universal Studios, United Nations, Moscow Ballet, Radio City Music Hall, Cirque du Soleil etc. I’ve dyed huge pieces of silk, covered statues in 24K gold leaf, painted murals 150 feet long and 30 feet high, made huge chunks of faux concrete, painted gigantic ghouls and life-size skeletons sinking in lava with ultraviolet light-sensitive paint, and snow-covered forest scrims etc etc…
The down side of it all, through the ultra-fast pace of the scenic world, was loosing my own artistic sensibilities. So between the combination of unexpectedly becoming a widow and just having had enough of New York winters, my family needed a change and we moved to Maui in the fall of 2012.
I’ve spent the last three and a half years painting from life in my studio and in plein air, building a body of work, rediscovering who I am as an artist and rebuilding my sensitivities. Working in the field is just a gloriously refreshing way to work here in the Maui light and incorporates exercise into my creativity as well. I Love the reciprocity between my canvas and the subject as I paint on location.
I have a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in painting and I’ve sold my paintings and metal point styli through my website, http://joannehopper.com/ for the last nine years. Currently my work can also be found on island in the Hui No’eau sales gallery.
I’ve been honored to have been juried into the Hui No’eau’s “2015 Annual Exhibition” and “10 x 10” show where my piece was given honorable mention. My metalpoint drawing (done in gold, silver, platinum and copper), “Silver Banyan III” was juried into “Art Maui 2015” and my oil painting “Paia Youth and Cultural Center Doors” was juried into “Art Maui 2016” One of the most fun events is the Maui Open Studio which I participated in 2014 and 2016.