Artist Spotlight: JoAnne McFarland

How long have you worked in the Gowanus neighborhood?

I have worked in Gowanus since 1989 and was drawn to the neighborhood because of the abundance of light filled spaces at affordable prices.

Which artists inspire or influence your work?

Thomas Eakins inspires my technique, Edward Hopper inspires my mood, and there are a gazillion poets and writers that inspire my ideas.

Why should people visit your studio during Gowanus Open Studios 2016?

You won’t see kick ass paintings of Shirley Temple anywhere else! And my dress collages are weirdly cool.

What do you have on your walls at home?

I collect work by women artists in particular and have, amazingly, more than 20 pieces up in my studio-size apartment!

What is your secret talent? 

I can get other people to risk more.

To see more of JoAnn’s paintings, visit her website: