Local attorney Joanna Lawrence will be the featured artist at the [email protected]’s 2005 exhibition.
The corporate/funds attorney at Maples and Calder is a newcomer to the public arts scene, but National Gallery director Nancy Barnard said her work best embodies the theme of this year’s event, which is ‘Art’s Healing Properties.’
‘Joanna is the embodiment of this year’s theme,’ said Mrs. Barnard, adding that she selected Ms Lawrence because of her art’s ability to soothe frazzled post-Ivan nerves. ‘Even her voice is gentle, and her demeanour is relaxed.
‘Joanna puts colour on everything, from furniture to fabric,’ said Mrs. Barnard. ‘Her inspiration is found everywhere: in nature; in people; in children’s story books; a piece of furniture; a greeting card; certain architectural design; a quote; a picture in a magazine; and in her own personal experience.’
‘I have been inspired by the hurricane to reassess what is important to me in my life,’ said Ms Lawrence. ‘Immediately following the hurricane, when the remaining trees were left stripped of their leaves, I surrounded myself with fresh foliage by painting vibrant leaves onto fabric.’
Prior to law school, Ms Lawrence trained in musical theatre and dance at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, but the [email protected]’s event will be the first time she has shared her artwork with the public.
Ms Lawrence said she doesn’t have the courage to call herself an artist yet, but she looks forward to displaying her artwork to the public and to the opportunity to share the joy and personal fulfilment that artistic expression brings to her life.
Residents can view Ms. Lawrence’s work at the [email protected]’s event 29 January, from 1 pm to 4 pm on the lawn at the Governor’s house.