Joanna Upperton

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

I continue to paint prolifically, moving from my exclusive Gallery/Studio in the town of Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) to Waiheke Island, where I had been exhibiting at Warwick Henderson Gallery (Parnell). I now recently reside in Marlborough selling directly throughout New Zealand and overseas.

Over a number of years, the love I have of buildings has evolved into the surreal style it is today. I enjoy enhancing the building’s character, using emotion and light for impact. I challenge myself to create pieces that are imaginative, provocative, colourful, whimsical, and reflect the extraordinary landscape and culture of the world we live in.

Early on, I developed a technique consisting of oil painted on a textured clay surface, but I have since changed to the use of acrylics on board. As well as extending my style and technique, my aim is to continually portray a message of love for people, animals and our environment.