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Joanne Parent

Joanne Parent’s artistic journey is woven with the threads of her upbringing and the diverse experiences that have shaped her into the accomplished Maine fine artist she is today. Born on November 23, 1968, in Omaha, Nebraska, at the Offutt Air Force Base to Neal and Linda Parent, Joanne’s early years were marked by the influence of her father, who guided her in the delicate art of pencil portraiture. This foundation laid the groundwork for her future as a skilled artist. At the age of eight, Joanne’s family relocated to historic Belfast, Maine, nestled at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay. The picturesque surroundings, a blend of coastal inlets and wooded landscapes, became a wellspring of inspiration for her artistic endeavors. Under her father’s tutelage, she honed her skills, learning the intricate interplay of light and darkness that would become a hallmark of her work. Joanne’s artistic pursuits took a back seat as she embarked on a unique journey, setting sail around the world for almost a decade. During this time, she wore various hats, from deckhand to chef, becoming an accomplished sailor and obtaining her Captain’s license. Her travels immersed her in breathtaking locales like Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea and French Polynesia in the South Pacific, where she immersed herself in the vibrant underwater world as a scuba diver and surfer. The call of her coastal roots led Joanne back to Mid Coast Maine in 2000, where she pursued formal art education at the Maine College of Art. In 2002, she and her father, Neal, established the Parent Gallery on the corner of Main and High St in Belfast, showcasing her fine art alongside Neal’s black and white photographs. A converted barn served as her art studio, where she seamlessly transitioned from pencil to paintbrush, creating captivating sea and landscape masterpieces. Joanne’s commitment to her craft extends beyond her personal creations; she generously imparts her skills through art workshops, guiding others in the refinement of their oil painting and pastel techniques. While her primary focus remains on her artwork, Joanne, true to her maritime roots, continues to set sail off Mid Coast Maine during the summer, connecting with the Atlantic Ocean—an integral part of both her life and her art.
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