Joan Hartenstein, Award Winning Artist


The many shapes and colors of Nature inspire Joan’s watercolor, pastel and acrylic paintings. In her landscapes she uses atmospheric colors to achieve great distances and unusual sky effects. The light on the landscape and its effect on the elements in her composition create the visual clarity she seeks. In her still life and floral paintings, the lighting is key as well.



Timbercreek Canyon

Watercolor - Image area 20-1/2x27


Joan’s art education began at age fifteen in a semi-private oil painting class in Teaneck, NJ. In high school an award winning watercolor was exhibited at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh for the final judging of the National Scholastic Art Contest. She won a summer scholarship to the Phoenix School of Design, NYC, followed by three-and-a-half years of study at the Art Students League, NYC. 



Rainy April Day, Tuscany

Watercolor - Image area 14x21


Joan began her commercial art career as an apprentice at a New Jersey art service studio. This was followed by an internship in the advertising art department of Gimbel’s department store, NYC. She proceeded to a position as the home furnishings artist for Namm’s department store, NYC. After her marriage, she left the East Coast and freelanced for stores and newspapers in Colorado, Kansas, Texas and Pennsylvania. She raised a family and returned to work as an editorial staff artist for the INSTRUCTOR Magazine in Dansville, NY, followed by a position as Public Relations/Graphics Director for a regional summer theater in the Finger Lakes region of New York.



Heirlooms and Fruit

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During this time she continued to study and exhibit her paintings at juried and regional outdoor shows. “Excellent composition” ... “beautiful technique and clarity” ... ”clean crisp images” have been art editors’ reviews of her watercolors.


Juried Shows include:


The PENNATIONAL, Ligonier, PA 

SOUTHERN TIER ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW, Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY 

The ROCHESTER ART CLUB SHOW at Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY

The Invitational SUMMER ART SHOW, Watch Hill, RI


JUBILEE OF THE ARTS shows, Amarillo, TX


She received numerous awards, citations and honorable mentions from these and many regional and state fair shows.


Solo Shows: 

Carson County Square House Museum, Panhandle, TX

First National Bank, Canyon, TX

Century 21 Able Realtors, Amarillo, TX      

Ambassador Hotel, Amarillo, TX


Joan’s paintings are in many private and corporate collections in the USA. She was a member of the Rochester Art Club, Rochester NY; the Bethel Artists Guild, Bethel Park, PA; and the Pittsburgh Plan for Art. She has been a member of the Amarillo Fine Arts Association since 1982, and is a member of the Panhandle Art Center and the Watercolor Society of Amarillo.


Contact Joan at or (806) 622-0791.



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