Joanne Geisel

Joanne Geisel, Wilmington, North Carolina

Painting since she was a child and having majored in art in college, Joanne Geisel returned to her love of oil painting and fulfilling a lifelong dream. As a North Carolina landscape artist, she is especially captivated by the ocean, marshes and magnificent skies.  Painting outdoors en plein air enables her to immerse myself in nature and hone her knowledge and understanding of its endless colors, shapes and textures.  Studio painting gives her painting another perspective.  Joanne finds she can take more time to experiment with color, form, composition and subject matter.   The other wonderful aspect of her work is teaching.  Through teaching Joanne has met amazing people who inspire her with their tenacity, insights and dedication.  Together, they focus on fundamental tools and the fun of oil painting. As a full time painter, Joanne continues to be impressed by the number of skills that are required of an artist and the insights she gains about herself and her purpose.
Artist Statement:
Award winning artist, Joanne Q. Geisel describes herself as an America Impressionist painter whose original oil paintings depict the Carolina coast, its beaches, skies, marshes and cottages. Joanne is on the faculty of the Cameron Art Museum School and teaches in many other venues in the area.  Her paintings can be found in a number of North Carolina galleries, several corporate collections and many private collections.

"I enjoy oil painting “plein air”, directly from nature.  It is the challenge of painting outdoors that I find particularly fascinating, because of the opportunity to deeply appreciate and connect with the life and beauty of my subject.   My goal is to capture the unique light, color, and atmosphere of the subject matter and my emotional reaction to it.  Additional interests are painting portraits, the human figure and still lifes.  Through my paintings, I attempt to bring the viewer to a greater appreciation and, in some cases, a different perspective on what they see in the natural environment. "

Education and Training:

  • Marist College, MPA
  • SUNY New Paltz, graduate studies in art and education, permanent certification in art education
  • SUNY College at New Paltz, BS Art education
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, fashion major
  • Workshops and classes in life drawing, life sculpture and painting.  Instructors included Franklin Alexander, Lois Wooley, Najim H Chechen,  Rick McClure, Pam Toll, Alex Powers, JoAnne Anderson, Kate Worm, Randall Sexton, Mike Rooney, Qiang Huang, Larry Moore and John Poon.

Recent Exhibitions, Awards, Grants highlights:

  • Wilmington Art Association, Guest speaker, May 2016
  • Wilmington Art Association, Colorfin LLC Award, April 2016
  • Norfolk East Beach Paint Out – April 2016
  • Osher Learning Center, OASIS, Guest Lecturer, Fall 2015
  • Landfall Foundation Show, Honorable Mention, August 2015
  • Paint Annapolis, Annapolis, MD, Juried artist into plein air event, June 2015
  • Wilson Arts Council, Wilson, NC , Featured artist, May 2015
  • Spectrum Gallery, Wilmington, NC, Featured artist, April 2015
  • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, Featured artist with Kevin LePrince and Jacklyn Perry, March 2015
  • Bellamy Mansion first Emerging Artist Show, Juror, September 2014
  • Landfall Foundation Show, Wilmington, NC, Best Oil Painting Award, August 2014
  • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC Featured artist with Kevin LePrince and Jacklyn Perry, March 2014
  • Columbus County Art Council Annual Show, Juror, August 2013
  • Wilmington Art Association Juried Show, 2nd Place, April 2013
  • New Bern Artworks, Featured Artist, Coastal Perpectives Show, July 2013
  • ILM Magazine, Featured Artist, July 2013
  • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC Featured with Kevin LePrince and Suzanne Morris, March 2013
  • Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Show, Third Place, Apirl 2013
  • Oil Painters of America Paintout, Charleston, SC, First Place, November 2012
  • Wilmington Art Association Juried Show, RayMar Art Award, April 2012
  • Associated Artists of Southport Spring Show, Merit Award, March 2012
  • Regional Artist Project Grant Recipient, 2012-2013
  • Green Hill Center for NC Art - 32nd Annual Winter Show 2011-2012
  • Brunswick Art Council Show, People's Choice Award, Nov 2011
  • Azalea Fesitival, Wilmington, NC, Carl W. Malpass, Sr. Memorial Award, People's Choice Award, April 2011
  • Woods Gallery, Featured Artist, April 2011
  • Wilmington Art Association Spring Show, winner of publicity poster contest, April 2011
  • Cardinal Club, Raleigh, NC, Featured artist, Invitational Art Show, March 2011
  • City Art Gallery, Greenville, NC, Featured artist, Landscape in Art: The Continuum VIII, February 2011
  • Lantana’s Gallery, Featured Artist, Southport, NC, August 2010
  • Brunswick Art Council 9th Annual Art Show, Gladys Wagenseil Memorial Award and Honorable Mention Award, October 2009
  • Brunswick Art Council, Grant recipient 2009- 2010
  • North Ridge Country Club Art Gala, Best in Show, Purchase Award, March 2009
  • Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Invitational 2008 Winter Show
  • Cape Fear Valley Health System Acquisition Exhibition, Purchase Award, July, 2008
  • WHQR, Wilmington, NC, Group Show, January - February 2008
  • Brunswick Art Council, Fine Artist Grant, 2007-2008
  • Shoals Club, Bald Head Island, NC, No Boundaries Group Show, November 2007


  • Women Painters of the Southeast
  • Wilmington Art Association
  • Associated Artists of Southport