About the artist Joanne Bell Harrill
Deep down in the southern countryside of Mississippi on a pond full of huge fish and hungry alligators, is my home studio. This is where, I celebrate the moments of wonderment and unexpected beauty in our lives, stories, and nature. I have a responsibility to live fully. How do you live life fully? By finding and appreciating the beauty in others and the world. By listening intently and being present. By acknowlegeing the pains and joys we encounter in life. By taking time to let others know they are appreciated. By appreciating the flaws, the imperfections, that bring unique beauty to our lives. Like nature we are all imperfectly perfect. Isn't that beautiful?
Not long after moving to Mississippi, I was at the local Lowes loading several bags of compost into my car when two teenage boys walking to their car stopped to help. It seemed so natural, like this was something they always did, and it was a reminder of why I decided to settle my family down here in Mississippi. Being raised in the Deep South, I was immersed in the humid, rich culture full of paradoxes and eccentricities. The rhythm of a slower, southern way of life and thinking was infused in my blood. During college, printmaking, drawing, and painting were my areas of focus and my primary mediums for making art. After receiving a bachelor of fine art from Auburn University, I left the hot June Bug nights and traveled the country for 20 years with my Marine, raising a family and mastering the art of stained glass, sterling silver metalsmithing, and the craft of leather. With each move came a new artistic expression, but my first love was drawing. I returned to this first love when I settled back where the June Bugs sing and once again found a pencil stuck to my fingers (maybe because of the sugared pecans). I feel thankful for the variety of skills, I have attained along my journey, that help me to express and celebrate the unexpected beauty in our lives, stories and nature. With southern hospitality, I invite y’all to grab a glass of sweet tea, slow down, and visit my studio blog, where we can get lost in nature and celebrate moments of wonderment and unexpected beauty that fuel our joy.