Joan Gantz is a native New Jersey artist who works in a variety of mediums. She divides her time between Essex County and Ocean County and receives great inspiration from both the New York metro area and the Jersey Shore. Her undergraduate focus was nursing and she practiced in Critical Care for fifteen years. Joan’s interest in creating art and fascination with color have been intrinsic to her since childhood. The opportunity to study paining began at the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences and was continued at the Yard School and the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts . She has embraced and continues to develop an abstract style with ic id frequently inspired by forms in nature. Another powerful source for her work is derived from her travels, emotional interpretations and responses to life circumstances.

Joan’s process usually begins with small sketches gained from life or organically. These are enlarged on canvas using layers of marker and paint, and synthesizing by addition and subtraction. It is her distinctly personal interpretation that gives the feeling of straddling reality with abstraction, particularly in her landscapes. The goal of her work is to achieve a shared experience which speaks to the view. The power and emotion of color and movement in her abstracts are her favorite vehicles.

Exhibits and Awards


Studio Montclair Inc. Window March 1 - April 30 127 Blomfield Ave, Montclair

8th Annual Exhibit of the National Arts Program Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Newark, Nj


  • Honorable Mention, Nineteenth Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show Whippany, NJ


  • Studio Montclair: State of the Art

  • Best Transparent Watercolor Award Philadelphia Sketch Club: Works on Paper Philadelphia, PA

  • Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Juried Wide Open


  • Honorable Mention, Garden State Watercolor Society: Annual Associate and Signature Members Exhibition, , Middlesex, NJ

  • Studio Montclair: Back Story Montclair, NJ


  • 76th Annual Audubon Artists Incorporated Exhibit, NY, NY

  • Studio Montclair: Honoring the Fauves

  • Arts Guild International Juried Exhibition, Rahway, NJ

  • Cotswald Industry Award, Garden State Watercolor Soc.: 46th Annual Juried Show

  • Aedra Artist House, Jersey City, NJ

  • Merit Award Long Beach Island Foundation: Member and Student Exhibit 2015, 2010, 2009

Artist's Statement

I am compelled to paint as my response to objects and experiences. It is a distinctly personal dialogue between my environment and my use of line, shape and color. I believe this is why I straddle the line between objective and abstractive subjects.

My painting has developed through many phases of media. Presently I am working in acrylics and markers incorporating collage materials for texture. I love the diversity on a variety of support surfaces. My subject matter has evolved from strongly representational to purely abstract. I give deliberate intent toward movement and emotion through my palette, brushstrokes, and texture. Engaging the viewer for a shared creative experience is my primary goal.