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Joan Albaugh

Joan Albaugh

Throughout my career as an artist certain themes and images have remained constant. These images and themes, though they may fluctuate and change, their essence continues to weave in and out of my work. Be it an isolated house, an empty pool, a snorkeler, a bush or a buoy…all are echoes or a story, a story perhaps without a plot, a haiku of a memory, a breeze with light.

Having lived in Manhattan and Jersey City for many years, I moved to Nantucket and began a series of isolated houses. Being entranced by the strong winter light, so blinding and sharp that windows and trivialities of architecture were all but obliterated, the house became a symbol for me. Over time the houses have evolved echoing winter’s isolation and muted colors. While most of my houses are inspired by a specific source, they often evolve and change throughout the course of the painting, all in an attempt to find the painting’s heart.