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Blue Door Museum Store Featured Artist

March - Joan Coffey

For the month of March, the Art Alliance is pleased to feature Joan Coffey’s paintings for sale in the Blue Door Museum Store.

Joan Coffey graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Art. As a student, Joan began painting in watercolor and oil, and after graduating she took drawing classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. Later, she studied figure drawing at the American Academy of Art. Coffey studied traditional art for six years in the studio of the late California Art Club Artist Joanne Rossman, using charcoal, oils, and watercolors. Coffey continues her education through self-study, workshops, and by painting as often as possible. 

Joan Coffey tree.JPGIn her studio, Joan creates paintings from her sketches, which are sometimes supplemented with reference photographs she has taken. She also creates her own greeting cards, which she has done all of her life. During the past few years she has spent a great deal of time painting en plein air, something she first experienced in college. She has participated in plein air workshops and classes and is a Charter Member of the Plein Air Artists of Riverside, affiliated with the Riverside Art Museum. Joan is a member of the Riverside Community Arts Association, an Artist Member of the Riverside Art Museum, and an Associate Artist of the California Art Club.

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Article by: Lee Levin, Blue Door Museum Store