JOAN PALANO CIOLFI

Joanie's paintings are expressive oils infused with energy and texture, they push the seemingly realistic subject matter towards abstraction - an abandoned building, a summer storm, a red dress. Her work is vibrant and atmospheric and is many times inspired by her Berkshire County surroundings.

"Painting allows me to share my passion for color, which is esssential to my imagery. My work focuses on light, texture and composition to create both abstract and realistic images of dramatic landscapes, open skies and intricate objects found all around us."

Trained in fine arts, graphics and textile design, Joan has explored the use of various mediums. Joanie takes her inspiration from scenes in everyday life. Her brilliant use of simple images and powerful interplay of light convey stillness and breathtaking beauty. Currently she uses a technique of oil sticks, paints and brushes on canvas or board to create paintings that express and share her passion for color.

Joanie has enjoyed solo exhibits in Cambridge and Lenox, and has shown her work in galleries and group exhibits throughout New England and New York. Her work has been published nationally and collected throughout the United States.

Joan received a BFA in Visual Design from UMass Dartmouth. She has worked as a textile and wall covering designer for numerous national brands.


Quiet beauty, strong light, vibrant color. These are the common threads that I'm drawn to for my subject matter. Browse my site or visit my studio in the Berkshires of Western, MA.