Joanne Wishart works from her studio in Newcastle upon Tyne, and thrives on colour and creativity. With a degree in Printed Textile Design, she went on to win a female entrepreneur award for the North East of England's Best Creative Business in 2009. Born in Berwick upon Tweed, she grew up in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside and now finds that coastal landscapes are the main inspiration for her work.
Joanne says: "I love the seaside and the North East coastline and thrive on capturing the character of our harbour villages, fishing boats, lighthouses, donkeys, beach huts and seabirds within my paintings. My aim is to make people smile and remember those wonderful family days out by the sea. My work incorporates a variety of material including paint, textiles, maps and driftwood. I combine them using painting, printmaking, collage and stitching techniques. Bright colours, layers of texture and splashes of paint all come together to capture the character of my subjects through the development of my sketchbook drawings into colourful and contemporary works of art."