As an artist, I am always trying to project and transmit feelings; that’s how I communicate and how I heal, by painting.
My technique is quite eclectic because I like to experiment with different materials, brushes, and surfaces- but one thing is a constant, color! Lots and lots of color; for me that is life! Vibrant bold colors can make you feel the painting in a totally different way. I want people to look at my paintings and smile and to feel alive.
My last projects have been regarding the heart because everything that comes from the heart is worth it. I also like to paint characters from different religions. I find it fascinating how a painting can wake up your soul and familiar feelings of comfort and hope can arise.
The media I use is mostly acrylic, but I also use gouache, watercolor, and colored pencils.
I am a single parent to a brilliant and awesome daughter and besides it being a passion, painting has helped me put some food on the table but also has brought me peace of mind. I am determined to take my painting skills to the next level and make this my career as a professional artist.
When did you begin painting and how did you get started? What’s your earliest memory of picking up a paintbrush?
Johanna: I started to paint before I knew how to write, my earliest memory is actually a painting that I have is a painting that I made of a whale after a Trip to Sea World, I was 3 years old.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Johanna: I work mainly with acrylic but sometimes I like to venture with guaches and watercolors. I started as an expressionist but in the past year I started this type of “pop art” style.
Could you let us know what is the inspiration behind your distinctive aesthetic? Can you explain a little more about the concepts and how it is captured in your paintings?
Johanna: I get inspiration everywhere! Living in south Florida has given me chance of diversity of people to get inspired.
There are so many different types of creative work styles. What does your average working day look like? Do you try to make an artwork a bit every day, or do you work in concentrated bursts?
Johanna: I normally have this bursts of inspiration and after that I don’t paint for a couple of weeks.
Have you ever experienced “artist’s block?” If so, what are some ways you’ve used to overcome it?
Johanna: Yes! Who hasn’t? The best way to overcome that is too see new things! Travel, visit a new place around the neighborhood even try a different restaurant sometimes work… if that doesn’t do the trick then I just wait at the beach!
Besides being an artist, you are a single parent. How are you balancing parenthood and your art career?
Johanna: I’m a single mom with a full time job! Yes balancing that was a lot! But now my daughter is an adult so I have freedom that I didn’t have before.
What is your most recent piece of art that you have enjoyed working on the most?
Johanna: I just finished my Frida, that’s a character that I love and admire deeply so painting her was incredibly rewarding.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork? If yes, what was it?
Johanna: I love laughing and joking! You could see that on my paintings.
Do you have a personal favorite piece? Can you think of a piece that was particularly fun to work on, and why?
Johanna: One of my favorite pieces is “the joke” is a big piece and very different, I had a lot of fun creating those characters
What artists influenced you the most and why?
Johanna: I’ve been influenced by a lot of artists, the colors of Van Gogh , the disproportionate of Picasso, the randomness of Frida… the list is long
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Johanna: The best way is to email me at Jhoffmannart@gmail.com
Or to direct message me through Instagram @jhoffmannart