Joanne Finlay
The Art Of Pen/Ink and Graphite.

I am grateful for the passion and desire to interpret the beautiful things in nature.


“I have a fascination (some say obsession!) with the detail in nature.  I am inspired by the tones and textures that naturally appear when I take photographs in color and translate them with pen/ink into black and white. Black and white forces me to see things without the influence of color”.



Joanne was born in Mission, British Columbia.  She is a self-taught artist who draws in pen/ink and graphite pencil and paints in acrylics and oils.  She moved back to the West Coast after being away for a number of years and is in awe of the beauty that presents itself each time she embarks on her next artistic adventure.  Joanne started to see rock formations with a more curious eye, ocean beaches from an observer’s camera, and the natural abstracts formed by wind and water.  She is inspired by the Fraser Valley (where she and her husband make their home) which is an open pallet with colors radiating from the blueberry fields, gladiola farms and the colorful farmland which changes with the seasons.  Her current acrylic work is primarily impressionistic realism, especially in her paintings of the Gulf Islands and local landscapes.  She has completed a series of pen/ink drawings which capture her love of nature in tonal values and textures.  This admiration intensifies when reproduced in black and white.  She is currently oil painting!  Joanne received her Associate Signature Status with Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) in March 2016 and and is a Canadian Drawing Master (CDM) which she was granted in 2013.  She has works in collections locally, nationally and internationally.  If you are interested in inquiring about one of Joanne’s pieces please contact her at