Joanne Barby

Artist Joanne Barby is a mother to three children, currently living and working in Nelligen on the South Coast of NSW.  Her artwork has been exhibited in many group shows, Galleries and private collections.  She has also placed well in many competitions; her latest triumphs was best artwork in the “Flora or Fauna” category and also the overall “People’s Choice Award”, at a National Pastel exhibition.

Joanne's inspiration comes from truly “seeing” the beauty of life that surrounds us, from the everyday object in a still life with its colours, shapes and shadows.  To the characters and personalities of some of the wildlife and birds she paints.

Creating a picture is a very personal and somewhat emotional journey for her; she thinks this is why she’s drawn to birds and wildlife.  “My pictures reflect what sort of mood I’m in, do I want to be brash and in your face, cheeky and full of character, or shy, soft and delicate? 

This also applies to the colours I use and also the technique and medium”.  Joanne mainly works with Soft Pastels (Pastel Sticks, PanPastels and Pastel Pencils) and Prismacolor Pencils, on Pastelmat paper, or Art Spectrum Colourfix and Suede Papers.

Two years ago Joanne took full advantage of Social Media, in order to get her artwork out to a wider audience.   Joanne started with an art page on Facebook.  She then moved on to Instagram and in a short time she has nearly 16000 followers.  This networking has lead to art sales, illustration job offers and private portrait commissions.  Her work has been featured on many blogs (including the PanPastel “Paint, Draw Blend), 2 magazines and was represented in the 2013 Bespoke Calendar of emerging artists.  Her work is also be featured in a “Feathers of Inspiration” book, by “Out of Step Books”, that was released in July this year in the US.

Joanne is represented by mutli award winning gallery “The Bungendore Woodworks Gallery” and the “Olive Tree Gallery” in Batemans Bay.  She is available for commissions and illustration work.  She is also be conducting PanPastel workshops (Supported by PanPastel) later in 2014.  As well as, an invitation to teach at the Donna Downey Art Studios in America, in February 2015.

See Joannes gallery on the WABA website here









Please contact her for further details.


Phone 4478 1331

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Instagram: @joannebarby