Joanne Mahoney

Mother and Child

Born and brought up in the Wairarapa, Joanne now lives in Whangamata and works from her home studio.

Her childhood holidays were spent at Ngawai, on the southern Wairarapa Coast where her love of the sea began.

Joanne’s devotion to all things coastal was sealed when she wed her husband, a very keen surfer, in 1969. While he was in the water, Joanne spent countless hours beachcombing and enjoying the beauty of some amazing isolated shores in New Zealand, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Joanne soon rediscovered her love of collecting all things washed ashore, which she would later immortalise in paint.

Painting since 1983, Joanne’s early inspiration came from gallery hops with her aunt and later learning Chinese Brush painting techniques while living in Singapore.

Joanne prefers to work with watercolours as it brings out the very delicate nature of her shoreline subjects. Always keen to learn more, she is now using mixed media in some of her works. And you can still find the Asian influence surfacing in such works as 'Ginger Jar' and 'Walking My Line'.

Many of Joanne's images are available at the Little Gallery of Fine Arts in greeting cards and prints.