Current Artist: Pastel Artist Joan Christopher-Quillen
Joan Christopher-Quillen is an award-winning pastel artist whose subject matter ranges from landscapes and architecture to figures and still life. A native Atlantan, she majored in art at Auburn University, but put art aside after marriage and children. Later, she pursued a career in advertising and public relations as a copywriter and creative director. After many years, she retired in 2004 and began painting seriously.
Since then, her work has been accepted into numerous regional, national, and international exhibits. She has achieved a distinctive style characterized by a painterly look, vivid colors and, often, a sharp contrast between light and shadow.
“For me,” she says, “the pastel medium is the most exciting because of its brilliant colors and versatility of technique. Whether I’m painting scenes photographed while wandering backstage at a ballet performance or touring landscapes in the US and abroad, I find that pastels are most effective in capturing the bold color and the play of light and shadow that attract me to a scene.”
Joan is a Member of Excellence of the Southeastern Pastel Society,, a Juried member of the Degas Pastel Society, a Signature member of the Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, and a member of the Atlanta Artists Center. Her work is represented in both private and public collections, including the permanent collection of Oglethorpe University Museum of Art and the Art Center of the Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association.
Joan is available for commission work according to size and subject matter specifications. She can work from your photograph or can plan with you a scene to your liking from her extensive inventory of landscape photographs taken in France and in various parts of the US. as well as other images. Please contact to discuss your requirements. No obligation.