Featured Artist Joan Chamberlain

Joan Chamberlain’s charcoal and pencil drawings capture details of light and shadow, conveying a 3D tactile feel to her artwork. Learn more about this artist by visiting her website.

 

“Corks & Cab” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 13" x 19" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Corks & Cab” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 13″ x 19″

 

In this age of digital media, I find a deep sense of calm in charcoal and pencil drawings. Charcoal on paper is my chosen medium. There is a warmth to simple chalk or pencil strokes – a direct connection to the artist’s process.

 

“Whisk Until Foamy” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 19" x 13" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Whisk Until Foamy” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 19″ x 13″

 

My choice of medium reflects a guiding principle in my life, the concept of editing. Recognize what is essential and remove the rest. It sounds simple, but it’s not easy.

 

“Have a Cab” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 13" x 19" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Have a Cab” Charcoal and Colored Pencil on Paper, 13″ x 19″

 

I have always been attracted to realism in art. As a child, I had access to picture books full of paintings and sculpture. I was captivated by the sketches of da Vinci and Michelangelo – the studies of folds as a gown draped over the subject’s knees. I aspired to creating such depth and dimension with only a pencil.

 

“Kitchen Whisk” Colored Pencil on Bristol Paper, 19" x 13"by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Kitchen Whisk” Colored Pencil on Bristol Paper, 19″ x 13″

 

My subject matter is hands, particularly those of chefs and others who prepare and serve the things we eat and drink. Cooking is theater and I want to capture the dance. What Edgar Degas did for ballet, I’d like to do for cooking.

 

“Piping” Charcoal on Paper, 19" x 13" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Piping” Charcoal on Paper, 19″ x 13″

 

Recently retired after thirty-five years as a dentist, I am newly committed to art full time. One of my goals is to elevate the imagery of the kitchen, and the mastery and magic of great cooking.

 

“Evening at Lark” Charcoal on Paper, 18" x 24" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Evening at Lark” Charcoal on Paper, 18″ x 24″

 

My love of food started at a young age, watching my mother. I watched her boil sugar and cocoa, drop a bead of the hot liquid into a glass of water to test for doneness, and magically produce a batch of smooth, rich fudge. Her mastery didn’t stop with sweets. She never had to make me eat my vegetables. In her hands they were always fresh and flavorful.

 

“Scissors & Twine” Colored Pencil on Bristol Paper, 24" x 18" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Scissors & Twine” Colored Pencil on Bristol Paper, 24″ x 18″

 

Another goal I am passionate about is creating “portrait” galleries in restaurants. I envision a wall featuring hand portraits of the executive chef, the sous chef, the sommelier, a bartender, a waiter, a busboy.

 

“Sonoma Afternoon” Charcoal on Paper, 13" x 19" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Sonoma Afternoon” Charcoal on Paper, 13″ x 19″

 

I’d love an opportunity to show how such a gallery can be an integral part of the ambiance, capturing moments that reveal the special flavor of that restaurant.

 

“Caleb's Espresso” Charcoal on Paper, 24" x 18" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Caleb’s Espresso” Charcoal on Paper, 24″ x 18″

 

What goes on behind the scenes has always captured my imagination – in art, in life, in the kitchen. Mindful of my guiding principle of focusing on the essential, I’d like to bring the essence of the kitchen to life with my art.

 

“Last Look” Charcoal on Paper, 13" x 19" by artist Joan Chamberlain. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Last Look” Charcoal on Paper, 13″ x 19″

 

In my mind, that essence is in the hands.

 

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Comments

  1. I admire your control of the medium. I hope you get your portrait wishes.

  2. Your artwork is amazing. They are all very realistic with incredible detail. I wish you all the best being able to show your work at various restaurants and galleries.

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