Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, JoAnne Nichols began expressing herself through her art at an early age. From the time she held her first crayon, she knew she wanted to be an artist. In her high school and college years, she was captivated by the diverse styles of artists such as Caravaggio, Matisse, and William Morris. Vestiges of those influences are still apparent in her current work ─ most notably in her florals of undulating petals and saturated color. The drama of light against dark is a favorite component in many of JoAnne’s pieces. Her understanding of the delicacies in nature is apparent in the subtle and dramatic shading she employs in her work.
JoAnne took a break after her junior year in college to travel and for a brief time lived in Chicago. Returning to Los Angeles, she married and eventually moved to Arizona. In Arizona she discovered the natural beauty of the desert while completing college. She earned her B.F.A. in painting from Arizona State University.
JoAnne currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not painting, her favorite pastime is traveling with her family.
“I love to transform an ordinary object into a new visual experience that can delight the eye and refresh the spirit. I want my art to mentally transport people out of a stressful environment to one which envelopes them in peace and beauty ─ one which renews and generates the mind and body.”