Joan Metcalf - Artist

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I've always been intrigued with nature's high drama...crashing waves against a rocky coast, a display of colored leaves in autumn, and especially, the many shapes and colors of flowers and leaves.

My paintings of large-scale florals, gardens, and landscapes all reflect my fascination with the lush images provided by the natural bounty in the Pacific Northwest. Rivers glimpsed through trees, mountains, forests, gardens and koi ponds are all painted with an emphasis on bursts of color flowing across the composition.

I received my B.A. in painting from the University of Washington in 1960 and have been painting professionally and exhibiting my work in Northwest galleries since then.

My mediums have included oils, watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media pieces with bas-relief wood carvings. My painting techniques have changed and evolved over the years and currently I am painting with oils and metal leaf.

Always respectful and inspired by the Rimpa tradition, I have explored different applications of composition metal leaf to intensify its shimmering effect. These form a background for my images of trees, gardens and grape vines with ever-changing reflections.

Since I prefer painting large canvases, much of my work is collected by corporations and institutions for their boardroom, reception area and lobby. My paintings are in numerous private and public collections, internationally, nationally, and locally, including Nike, Reser's Fine Foods, Boise Cascade, Tektronix, Inc. plus several financial institutions and many hospitals.

In order to offer a selection of smaller work, I have created a collection of limited edition fine art giclée prints in three and four different sizes. Please visit my giclée pages on this website and also my gallery links to see additional original paintings.

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Contact Joan Metcalf
Email: Telephone: 503-641-2726

Joan's painting may be viewed either on-site or on-line at galleries below.
Lawrence Gallery (link will open to new page) -
Portland Art Museum Rental/Sales Gallery (link will open to new page)- portland art museum/rental sales gallery
California Art Representative - Judy Allen-