Joanna Zeller Quentin
Location: Born in Naperville, Illinois–Currently resides in Dallas, Texas
With beautifully coordinated colors blending perfectly together in an abstract back round, Joanna Zeller Quentin creates stunningly unique equine paintings that standout.
Joanna has been drawing and painting horses all her life. Growing up in Naperville, Illinois, she creates paintings of horses and sometimes their riders with an artistic and colorful point of view, while still keeping the horse anatomy correct in her stylish and classy paintings. She has a degree in illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design. She now lives in Dallas TX with her husband, “ridiculously spoiled” OTTB, two dogs, cats and a parrot.
With international exhibits and shows, Joanna has had her art in many prominent magazines, museums, galleries and has been the feature artist at many horse shows, including HITS Thermal Winter Show Circuit (2012, 2014 and 2015), The International Museum of the Horse, The Arts Castle, The Ciel Gallery and in magazines such as Chronicle of the Horse, Horses in Art, Horseback Magazine and Southwest Art. She is also a member of the International Society of Equine Artists, Associate Member of the American Academy of Equine Art, and a member of the International Association of Scratchboard Artists.
You can see her about page on her webpage for her list of exhibits/shows here.
Updated: #EquineArtHour on Twitter Q&A has been added!
TFS: Hi Joanna, thanks for joining me! Can you tell us a bit about your painting process?
Joanna: It usually starts with a great reference idea or photo – I take all my own reference photos. And then I’ll have a beautiful idea, it all falls apart and I panic, and then it magically comes back together again. Lol.
I am drawn to expressive brushwork and line, and bright color, so that’s what I’ve been trying to focus on.
TFS: That’s a great way. I love your use of colors and abstract, yet still keeping the horse/rider anatomy correct.
Joanna: As horse people, we’re all very attuned to what is “correct” and what isn’t.
If I paint a horse with a huge lump on his leg, the discerning horseman isn’t going to say, “Wow, I want to put that on my wall.” They’re going to say, “OMG< Call the vet now!” or “I remember when that happened to “X horse from childhood and it was awful.” Not exactly inspiring. So correctness is VERY important, and I think people appreciate that. I certainly do. And, I grew up in a very “correct” barn environment, so I guess it translated to painting.
TFS: How did you get started into scratch board? Can you tell me a bit about how you do it?
Joanna: I LOVE scratch board!! So zen like and peaceful compared to oil painting. My high school art teacher turned me on to it. and I did my college thesis in it. I work dark to light so it’s natural for me to see. And it’s so relaxing! I can camp out in front of the tv and zone out on it. Painting is always a fight. Scratchboard is bliss. But they look completely different, so people are always surprised I work in two completely opposite mediums.
To read the rest of this Q&A, head on over to #equineArtHour on Twitter here.
Pencil, Ink, Watercolor and Scratchboard
I hope you enjoyed seeing Joanna’s paintings– they are a colorful equestrian’s dream, aren’t they?! Come and see more of her art on #EquineArtHour on Twitter, January 10th, 4-5pm EST!
Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !