Joan Larsen - Artist
Contact Joan by Email: or Phone: 517-524-7185

"Now hardly a day passes that I do not make something. As practice makes perfect, I cannot but make progress; each drawing one makes, each study one paints, is a step forward" ~Vincent Van Gogh, October 1883

Upcoming Events & Exhibits

Best of Show Oct. 1 - Nov. 5, 2016
Jackson Civic Art Association Click here to learn more...

"Cozy up with Art" Saturday ~ December 3, 2016, 10am -3pm
This unusual open house allows visitors to tour the Bed and Breakfast while visiting with talented artists, craftsman and musicians. Everyone welcome. Click here to learn more...

Garage Sale Art Fair Saturday ~ February 25, 2017, 9am - 4pm
Kalamazon Expo Center & Fairground;2900 Lake Street; Kalamazoo, MI 49048 Click here to learn more...

Artist Statement

At first glance my work may seem like pretty pictures of fruit and flowers, but for me there is a deeper meaning. I paint from live still life setups. Setups that are in a constant state of change. In rendering each painting there is an urgency to get it painted and printed quickly. I am acutely aware of the life force drifting away from my freshly picked lilacs. I cringe a bit when I see brown spots starting to form on a pear.

My "not so still life" paintings deal with the brevity of life. Each painting is a celebration of life and a call to the viewer to breathe in every precious moment.