Joanna Karpay, a Tampa native and award winning artist, has been painting since childhood. She began her first serious studies as a child at the Tampa Art Institute and went on to study at the University of South Florida and Highland College in Northern Illinois. She has continued her studies with several noteworthy artists such as Elin Pendleton, Greg Barnes, Deborah Paris, and Marsha Savage.
The past 20 years have been spent as a successful full-time muralist, taking her talent around the United States and England. Currently, she is focusing on her fine art works. Joanna is proficient in oils, pastels, and acrylics and has won numerous awards for her work.
As a sixth generation Floridian, many of her paintings are a reflection of her Florida heritage and her love of the natural beauty found here in our state. The practice of “Plein Air” painting is especially dear to her heart. Capturing the atmosphere of a certain place and time is her goal. Inspired by the tropical colors and shapes, she is known for her bold brushwork, vibrant colors and strong compositions.
Creating a visual story that evokes the special feeling of her favorite places will perhaps allow others to connect and enjoy the same feelings and memories of their own.
Island Gallery West 5368 Gulf Dr. Holmes Bch. Fl.
Teaching Oil and Pastel Classes at Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 E. Swann Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33606 Wednesdays, 12:30 - 3:30