Joan Meade

Living Landscapes

My Statement and Bio

I am pleased and honored to have had a painting chosen for "Water Works", a national juried show at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis MD running from Sep 16 to Nov 1, 2015. 54 pieces were selected out of 580 entries.

A wonderful art experience in the last few years was serving as Artist in Residence at Acadia National park in Maine for the month of July of 2011. I was given a beautiful studio to work in and plenty of time to explore for painting subjects. I taught sketching classes which were great fun, and I have completed a series of paintings that are inspired by that experience, many of which are in the hands of collectors. "Thunder Hole" is on display at Acadia, as part of their permanent collection.

Artist Statement:

My passion is for the natural world, especially water, rocks and trees in all their amazing manifestations. I find the medium that best conveys these wonders is sculptural acrylics. I begin with a charcoal sketch, then build up texture with modeling paste and gels, emphasizing the contrast in texture that I observe. Then comes the color to capture the richness of detail and the play of light on the surfaces. Landscapes and seascapes are inspired by my travels and my imagination.


Joan Meade has been a painter for most of her life, starting in oils, and discovering acrylics in the 1970's. She studied art while pursuing an architecture degree at Cornell University in upstate New York, and continued her art education at Colorado College. Her first exhibitions were in Tunis, Tunisia and Washington, DC when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the 1960's. She later exhibited in Ohio and West Virginia, prior to settling in the Chapel Hill area of North Carolina in 1978. She has exhibited widely in the Southeast US, including Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington,  NC. Recently she exhibited in a national juried show at the Annapolis Maritime Museum in Annapolis MD, two juried NC-SC- shows in Charlotte, NC, and a regional juried show in Raleigh NC. She participated in the publication of RIVER in 2013, a book of artworks and thoughts about rivers by 36 artists. She had the honor of serving as Artist in Residence for the month of July, 2011, at Acadia National Park in Maine.

Her works are in private and public collections throughout the continental US and in the UK. Her works have been in  a number of galleries in NC and in Santa Fe, NM. They  can currently be seen at her studio gallery in Chapel Hill, NC, by appointment at any time, and at upcoming shows.