Collector’s Choice: Joan Fullerton


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About the Artist

Colorado Artist Joan Fullerton

Evocative Landscapes Real and Imagined

“Born into a Wyoming ranch family, I grew up with a deep regard for the natural world.  For me the subtle nuances as well as the awesome power of nature’s beauty, made the solitude of the isolated prairie sacred.  While raising 3 children, I studied watercolor with Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, Charles Reid and other nationally known watercolorists.  In 1985 I returned to college and achieved BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the University of Wyoming.  I was a college art instructor from 1990 to 2003 in Cheyenne, WY.  And in 2003 I fulfilled a long-time dream when I moved to Taos, NM, to paint full-time.  After 8 successful years in Taos, I am now in the Denver, CO area, painting and teaching workshops.”


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This is a video about Joan’s artistic process. She tells how she works, what materials she uses, and how she builds her ideas, images and layers.


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Joan’s collages and paintings are a combination of abstraction and landscape. It is hard for me to choose which subject matter and style of hers I prefer. The abstract collages show a depth of color, a strong sense of proportion, balance and contrast, as well as a great palate of visual markings.

Her abstract landscapes incorporate tree images as a design element. The tree brances emerge from the abstract layers of paint, moving in delicate, subtle nuances of line and form. Her color palate tends to neutral with touches of dark areas, and flashes of brilliant red, oranges and turquoise.

Her reverence for nature is obvious in her fine rendering of the landscape. Her paint washes combine with dark tree brances to capture a strong sense of space and place in each of her landscape images.

Written by Janis Kirstein



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After yesterday’s blog on reorienting your perspective on ordinary objects, I received a number of quite interesting responses from other artists who exhibit some of the same shift in consciousness that I explored in yesterday’s blog. But unfortunately they could not express “like” of my page because WordPress said they’d had to be members to do this..

So I will just write a blog on these two artists and their fine examples.

Here is a brief synopsis of my yesterday’s post:

“Have you ever tried to imagine that the sky was the ground and the ground was the sky? If you look at the sky in this way, you can begin to see the cloud formations as land masses, and the blue sky as the sea.”

Moving along with this idea, let’s look at two pieces that really exemplify this.


The photograph “Sunset” is by the artist Wendolyn Hill, who is a Medical Illustrator connected with Yale University. Her website  is

The beautiful photograph you see here by Wendolyn is of the waterway near her home in Lyme, Ct. The reflections you see here can really “turn you on your head” as you play with the idea of seeing the sky in the water and the water in the sky.

In the end after looking at this photograph from all perspectives, you can lose the difference in identity between air and water, between up and down, top and bottom, causing you for a moment to release some of your long held boundaries associated with your conventional perceptions.

The other art I would like to introduce here is “Nine Leaves In the Wind” a giclee print by Denise Weaver Ross. The link to this image on her website is


Again, the reflection of sky in water creates a universe where top and bottom merge and become reversible. To me, the tendency is to fall into a sense of letting go of the conventional up and down orientation, and to merge into a kind of dream state, where rules of relationship are shifted.

So often in our dreams these kinds of perspectives are reorientated, where space and time become a continuum in perception.

More on the importance of Dreams to come…. Until then, please enjoy the works of my two artist friends, who incidentally completed the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with me in the early 1980’s.





Have you ever tried to imagine that the sky was the ground and the ground was the sky? If you look at the sky in this way, you can begin to see the cloud formations as land masses, and the blue sky as the sea.


The feeling you get when you make this mind shift is somewhat disorienting, almost dizzying, but very much like the shift that is occurring on a daily basis all around me, as I try to make sense of world happenings, events, and occurrences.


To me, snow falling presents this kind of shift in the way you see everything. As the snow softly sifts down upon everyday objects, a new feeling resonates with the new orientation of a world covered in a blanket of white.


Because it is hard to explain this shift in consciousness in words, I have created a collage of my photographs that presents that shift, the shift of moving into perhaps another dimension, or of seeing common everyday reality with a different context, a different orientation.


Have you ever experienced what it is like to look at something from one perspective, then reorient the context of that event or object and feel as though you have passed “through the looking glass?”


This kind of shift in perception happens all the time in jazz music. The improvisation of most jazz pieces travels a path of ever shifting perspectives though chord progressions,rhythm changes and even tempo variations. If music can show shifting consciousness, then what does that look like in the visual world?


Can you think of an experience you may have had that changed the way you look at your everyday life? If so, please share your thoughts. I would love to hear them!

What’s really fun is to imagine this piece in an interior space. This image is created from cutting and pasting the photo collage image into a photograph of an interior space, using Photoshop.