Joanne Killian is a native of Atlantic City, NJ. As an adult, life took her in many directions. For 12 years she crisscrossed the surrounding states before coming home to her beloved Jersey Shore. She has resided for 30 years in Margate City N.J. with her husband Patrick. Joanne worked as a successful real estate broker associate for 25 years, all the while dabbling in her love of art.
Her inspiration for painting came from her garden. Her first love was gardening and through that the two were complimentary hobbies. She began painting beautiful flower pots and table linens. At the urging of her children and grandchildren and those who saw her creations, she began to take her artwork seriously. Up to that point she had been strictly self taught.
Seven years ago, she began her training in earnest taking classes in oil painting, along with other workshops in different media, such as acrylic and watercolor.
So far Joanne has exhibited her work at the Ocean City Fine Arts League, the Hammonton Arts Center, Garden Pier in Atlantic City, Barclay Farmstead Museum in Cherry Hill, the Perkins Center of the Arts in Moorestown, the Ocean City Arts Center, the Avalon Arts Center, and Mixellaneous in Voorhees.
Joanne, in the spring of 2010, won two awards. In March, at the Atlantic City Art Show, Women in the Arts for Atlantic County, Joanne won the Judge's Award for 'Summer Rain' and in April, after a recent trip to Tuscany in Italy, she won 1st Place at the National Arts Show for her oil painting, 'Tuscany'.
In 2012, Joanne received an honorable mention from the Ocean City Fine Arts League for her watercolor 'Aruba Garden Center'. She also received second place for her oil painting 'Marshes' at the Ventnor Arts Show. Joanne also was a featured artist in the 100th anniversary art show, in the Ocean City Art Center, for her painting '14th Street Pier'.
In 2013, Joanne won second place in the Ventnor Art Show for her acrylic painting: 'Morning Mist'. Also, she was asked to be a featured artist in the Ocean City Arts Center's show themed around Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rebecca'.
In 2014, Joanne was a featured artist in an Ocean City show themed around Henri Matisse. Also in that year, Joanne won the Ventnor Art Show for her oil painting “Sunset.” That painting went go on to compete at the state level in Trenton.