Joan Tarbell Plato
Painter, Photographer, Bookmaker and Poet, Plato strives to bring both conscious and unconscious feelings and imaginings to the surface. She merges her love of words with art and creates art and writings that evolve from their intersection. 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 "On Our Land" depicts our farms and lands that bring us the basics of our human existence. Joan has experienced and seen many farms that are no longer working or abandoned. She feels farms should be honored on high not lost in the shuffle. Her experience with plein air painting has provided invaluable dimensions to this series.
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 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.