My work develops from a search for the inveiglements of color, depth, and texture and for the questions and discoveries of physical and philosophical puzzles. My art is infused with long-time interests: spatial depth, a composition that fills the space, the use of tactile media, and a brush-laden mark.
My Oyster Shell paintings are inspired by the stories-high oyster shell stacks that proliferate near my summer studio in Nahcotta, on the Long Beach peninsula in Washington state. I began a series of Oyster Shell paintings there in 2006, when I was a resident at the Espy Foundation in Oysterville. Each shell’s personality and essential luminosity are in the process of transmogrifying into new forms and relationships.
View Artwork by Joan Stuart Ross in Person
Come see these pieces first hand. We are just a short walk from the ferry and an excellent destination for your visit to San Juan Island.