Joan Tarbell Plato

Artists’ Statement/Background


Painter, Photographer, Bookmaker and Poet,  Plato strives to bring both conscious and unconscious feelings and imaginings to the surface.  She merges her love of life with art and creates art and writings that intersect with our humanness and our life environments.  She is a lover of our natural world, an environmentalist  who seeks to  halt events that damage our beautiful land and waters and threaten our environment.

Her latest series   is "A River Runs Through"

(Thirteen Paintings depicting water, rocks and Ellicott City influenced by poetry) 

Her childhood was spent on the shores of Lake Ontario where her love of water and nature originated. She has a fond love of history, including the art of ancient civilizations,  our Native American heritage and  Egyptian cultures.  Aspects of these influences can be seen throughout some of her paintings and handmade books. 


Plato, who had a successful Computer Science Career, has been an artist for over twenty years. She works mainly in watermedia and through visible images strives to show the invisible.

She  studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and with several internationally known workshop artists. She is a juried member of the International Society of Experimental Artists, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, the Potomac Watercolor Society and the National League of American Pen Women.  Plato has had several one person exhibitions and has received numerous awards. Her paintings are in both private and corporate collections. 

Art is using all my senses imaginatively while producing images that speak of interrelated experiences.