"May 25, 2020 marks the end of a remarkable year for me. In late 2018, I endured a life change, one that caused not only a great deal of uncertainty, but also presented potential opportunity. I asked myself, “If I have 25 good years left in my life, how do I want to spend those days?” I decided to put my personal conviction of living by faith, not by sight, into daily practice. I re-located from my home state of Virginia to a place I’d come to love through work travel over the years– coastal New England. Locating along the North Shore of Massachusetts, I am excited to be close to the vistas and artists who have made such a difference in artistic history and tradition. I desire to paint, and also expand my study and work in the Healing Arts field, which translates into activities with local senior care centers and medical facilities. I work daily on my craft, whether traveling and painting new locales, or by pushing paint daily in my little studio.
The paintings of this exhibit illustrate my personal journey of the last year, through which I have grown more resilient, con-fident, relaxed, spiritual, and joyful. The painting world, and more specifically, plein air painters, are a tight bunch. We cheer one another’s successes, push our brethren to paint smarter out of doors, to see things more clearly, and to embrace our creative voice. I am blessed to have many artist friends, with whom I painted cheerfully in their towns and vistas. In doing so, I learned to paint more effectively in the harsh Arizona desert, to mix those vibrant greens of those Florida Keys mangroves, to explore new terrain within New England, and to harness the blues, greys, and emeralds of the cold, crashing Atlantic surf. I have experienced an evolution of color theory and style that derives from direct observational painting.
I thank my close friends and loved ones for their support during this pivotal time in my life. I am happy to answer questions about my work, from process to materials. I hope you have fun exploring my paintings. I’ve had very much fun creating them." — Joli Ayn Wood
Joli Ayn Wood was born and raised in the Roanoke Valley of Southwestern Virginia. She graduated from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, in 1991 with a BA degree in Art History and concentrations in Studio Art, Ancient Art, and Archaeology. Joli enjoys working both in the studio and out of doors on location. Favorite subjects include the rugged coastline of New England, the mountains and rural landscapes of Southwestern Virginia, as well as the striking Desert Southwest. While painting "en plein air," her aim is to capture the shapes, colors, and light quickly...most times within a couple of hours. Joli finds inspiration in the luminous works of Fitz Henry Lane, the abstract modernity of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, the moody, light-filled works by Ed Hopper, as well as contemporary plein air painters with whom she studies and collaborates. In 2019 she relocated her home and art to the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts, where she paints often and continues her work in healing arts with local senior facilities. Joli’s works are included in public and private collections around the region and abroad.
"After The Clearing"
"Desert Go Lightly"
"Green Mountain Winter"
"Where the Wild Things Are"
"Last Sundown Over Oro Valley"
"On The Rocks"
"Morning In The Cove"
"Summer Warm Up"
"Morning Toward Conomo"
"Hope of the Morning"
5"x 7" original oil painting on panel by Joli Ayn Wood in silver, plein air-styleframe.
"On the Wings of Morning"
"First Light, Superstitions"
"Morning Near Bird Island, Islamorada"
"The Tie That Binds"
"Eddy and Flo"
"Go With The Flow"
"Life at the Bottom"
9"x12" original oil painting on panel by Joli Ayn Wood in black frame with gold trim.
"Back Shore Kickup"
11"x14" original oil painting on panel by Joli Ayn Wood in silver, plein air-style frame.
9"x12" original oil painting on panel by Joli Ayn Wood in espresso, plein air-style frame with silver trim.