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 natural environment focusing on local farms that give us our major sustenance. Joan believes that farms are living vestiges of a culture that is waning. They are powerful images, insightful and majestic, containing layered stories of the human spirit to endure. Her experience with plein air painting provides 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, especially the art of ancient civilizations, Native American culture 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 acrylic 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.