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JoAnne Meeker is an oil painter who divides her time between Dubois, Wyoming and Tucson, Arizona. She began her training as a painter at the age of 11 in Destin, FL. After attending the University of Kansas, School of Fine Art, The Kansas City Art Institute, and the Art Institute of Southern California, she started her career in advertising as an Illustrator, Art Director and within a few years, Agency Owner.
In 2001 she made her first transition back into the arts as a fine art photographer. For 15 years, her cutting-edge photography broke new ground, capturing the western lifestyle, with the “eye of a painter”. In 2009, JoAnne won "Best of Show, Artisan" at the prestigious Western Showcase at the Calgary Stampede and was selected as "Feature Artist" for the 2010 Rodeo Austin in Texas.
JoAnne was commissioned in 2013, to produce a full-color, 100-page book, featuring her photography. “The Life is Art, A Photographic Journey of Ranching in Western Alberta” is sold throughout the USA and Canada.
In 2014, she won the “Best of Show” at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and was also their feature poster artist from 2012-2016.
2015 brought a second transition in her career and back to her roots as a full-time oil painter. She is studying with renowned Wildlife painter, Greg Beecham, Landscape painter, Phil Starke and Equine painter Adeline Halvorson.
In 2016 her first auction as a painter, "Water Lilies" sold at the "Heart of the West Auction" in Couer d'Alene, ID.
JoAnne's photography and oil paintings are included in many corporate collections:
• The Hyatt Regency - Downtown Calgary
• First National Bank of Hereford Texas
• San Antonio Rodeo and Livestock Exhibition
• Dow AgroScience
• Frontier National Bank - Bastrop, TX
• Sage Capital Bank in New Braunfels, TX
• The Calgary Stampede
• KRIRM-Texas A&M University
Her international client list includes other private and corporate collections throughout Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
“Whether I’m shooting a photograph or creating an original oil painting, I’ve always seen the beauty in common objects and aim to capture the personalities of people, places and things.”