Joann Renner


I love architecture and urban life! Depth of field composition, how color and light move over the elements and textures allow for the examination of feelings of possibilities & uncertainties as one goes through life. Examination of human reactions of anxiety, depression, hope, etc. to our surroundings is a primary focus. The current series of Monoliths paintings and some architectural images address mental health issues using Expressionist techniques.

Architecture embodies and reflects the people of a community. It can lift up a neighborhood, or bring it down. The issue of inclusion of long-term, current residents, most of whom built the character of their neighborhoods and urban areas in revitalization efforts is a major focus of mine as seen in images of my adopted city of Pittsburgh.

Originally from southcentral PA, I spent a lot of time growing up in both Seaside Heights, New Jersey and PA Dutch country depending on my parents' work. I have a BA in Studio Art/Fine Arts (Art History) from the University of Pittsburgh, 1986. I have had 4 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous juried and nonjuried group exhibitions since then. In 1999 I received the Judges Citation Award from WITF Gallery 33 On The Air. I took some time off to raise my family and have now relaunched my career. Current member of the Pittsburgh Pastel Artists League.