welcome to my profile and a display of paintings, photographs and many different styles, here and on Facebook. You'll see that I don't have one specific style. As an artist I need to explore everything my heart and mind tell me to. However, I do reproduce from time to time as I have a few collections--abstracts and birds--and something that really 'drives' me is working on extreme details. It never dawned on me that I did that a lot until I took a good look at all the paintings on my walls. Then I thought, 'funny how I do this a lot.:)' Everything I paint is 'long hand' and every brush stroke is done with TLC. Quite often, I do need to hold my breath while painting because certain details demand a lot of attention. It leaves me breathless and happy!
I'm self taught, so in reality I'm what some would call a Folk Artist. It's okay with me as painting and photography keeps me very happy and my images come from within. Sometimes I am I moved by colors more than shapes do, while other times I just start painting and it's funny to think that I hold the paintbrushes and the paintings seem to come alive on their own. I don't understand this but maybe there's nothing to understand.
As far as 'lessons' go the only ones I had were in grade school, once every two weeks. Art classes were too far and few between and we had to follow what our teacher taught us;creativity was not an option. So, my 'self training' as an artist was at home or at my grandparents' place, where my sister and I spent many, many happy times as children. And even though I never got one certificate in my life for anything, as my best friend and sister all at once said when I was feeling very down, 'Johanne, your certificates are your paintings. You don't need anything else on your wall. ' I guess she's right. My sister is my rock.
Thank you for reading my biography and if you saw something that moved you or that really caught your eye, please leave me a comment. :)
If you want to see many paintings not posted here, look up-- Djowanne AL Haley Artist Painter -- on Facebook.