Joanna Upperton

Painting began for Joanna at a very early age, determination, perseverance, and passion for art has now resulted in a successful career.

At 16, Joanna's first sold out exhibition was subsequently followed by several commissioned works. This lead to the invitation to sell the works in two design stores in the Bay of Islands area of New Zealand. In 2003, Joanna ventured to Switzerland, and in that time exhibited the works successfully, selling everything she produced.

Joanna continues to paint prolifically, she moved from her exclusive Gallery/Studio in the town of Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) to Waiheke Island, where she has been exhibiting at Warwick Henderson Gallery (Parnell). She now recently resides in Marlborough selling directly throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Over a number of years, Joanna’s love of buildings has evolved into the surreal style it is today. She enhances the building’s character using emotion and light for impact. The works are imaginative, provocative, colorful, whimsical, and reflect the extraordinary landscape and culture of the world we live in.

Early on, she developed a technique consisting of oil painted on a textured clay surface, but has since changed to the use of acrylics. Aswell as extending style and technique, Joanna's aim is to continually portray a message of love for people, animals and the environment.