Organizations* : AOA
Born in east Texas, Joe Anna Arnett always knew she would spend her life as an artist. She graduated from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and moved to New York City, where she eventually became a senior art director at an advertising agency while continuing her studies at the prestigious Art Student’s League.
In 1984, Arnett moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and began exhibiting her work throughout the Southwest. The following year, she married artist James Asher and they began their life together traveling and painting throughout the world.
Since then, Arnett has taken part in numerous museum exhibitions including the Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts in New Mexico, the Tucson Museum of Fine Arts in Arizona, and the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1997, Arnett became a Master Artist of the Artists of America Show at the Denver Historical Society Museum. Since 1996, she has exhibited at the prestigious Prix de West Invitational show. Arnett also authored the North Light Book Painting Sumptuous Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers in Oil.
More recently, Arnett has enjoyed sharing her love of painting and the techniques she has acquired with students in workshops throughout the world. She is also a regular teacher at the Scottsdale Artist’s school in Arizona.
Her subjects, both florals and still lifes, are presented with rich color and bravura brushwork, combining the color theories of Dutch floral masterwork painting of the 16th century with a very American attitude of purity and light. The renderings of her flowers are so lush and lifelike, one expects to catch the scent of the flowers in the air.
Reference: Artnet.com, InternationalMastersOfFineArt.com, Michaels.com