Joanne Tarlin paints intimate watercolors and large atmospheric oil paintings of imaginary woodlands, swamps and other landscapes where invasive lines lurk in shadows, entangle other marks, and reach for the light. She is moved by the plight of refugees, disturbed by politics, and disheartened by the repetitive nature of history. Tarlin follows in the footsteps of many artists, turning her heartache into art. After returning from an educational trip to Russia, where she traveled from Moscow to Saint Petersburg by boat along the Volga River, she created a series of water color paintings. These works pay homage to the Russian people and artists who suffered over the years from those who were in power. The birch trees along the Volga impressed Tarlin; she thought of them as silent sentries guarding a troubled history.
Ms. Tarlin is a native of Framingham, MA. She studied industrial design at the University of Bridgeport, Ct, Visual Communications at the Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, CA, where she earned a BFA, and she received her Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She is the recipient of a Boit Award, in painting and was awarded a residency at the Vermont Studios.
Tarlin’s work is in the US corporate offices of: MathWorks, SIOS Technology, and Aureus Asset Management as well as private collections nationally and internationally including: Ireland, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Canada. Her recent exhibits include Repairing the World, Rubin-Frankel Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA and in March of 2017, Left Behind, at the ArtSpace, Maynard, MA. She has also exhibited throughout New England including: the Chase Family Gallery, East Hartford, CT; the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY; Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH, Matter and Light Fine Art, Boston, MA; and the National Arts Club, NY, NY.