About the artist Joanna Walker
was born in Nottinghamshire and studied at the Bath Academy of Art,
leaving in 1985. She followed this with a period of training with the
decorative artist Annie
Sloan. This led to a succesful period of decrorative art work in
both the commercial and residential sectors in the UK
In the early nineties Joanna travelled to India, Pakistan,
China, Russia, Poland, Iran, Turkey, Nepal and Australia gathering valuable
resource material and inspiration for her art.
During this period Joanna undertook three major decorative
resoration projects in Australia; ANZ World Heritage Building in Melbourne,
National Trust Properties, University of South Australia and the New
Norcia Benedictine Monastry in Western Australia.
Joanna returned to the UK in 2000 and has been sculpting,
painting and teaching in the Cotswolds.
thine own self be true
In my sculpture and painting
I concentrate on the juxtaposition of power and vulnerability.
A sapling will bend in
the wind; a great oak may crack or fall down. In softness there
is often great strength; a flower, with all its fragility, has
the power to kill or cure as do man and woman.
I try to portray this paradox,
that weakness can be strength, by revealing the internal and external
lines of a form. I do this by using a range of media and contrasting
colours and by mixing soft curves with straight lines and sharp