JoAnne Richardson has been an active participant in the art scene since 1945 when she left Omaha, Nebraska to study at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. She lived in Orland Park, Illinois, where, after raising four children, she was active in the LaGrange, LeMont, and Elmhurst art leagues. In addition to instructing at the Blue Island Art Club, she taught drawing and oil painting for pleasure, and during the summer she compliments her artistic skills with a love for gardening. She enjoys painting flowers and ordinary people doing ordinary things with an emphasis on capturing light.
I love taking pictures of people in different settings and using them in my paintings. This was taken while participating in an art show on Michigan Avenue.
My mother couldn’t believe I was taking a picture of her in the basement. This painting has been a favorite in art shows.