Joan Duff Bohrer
Joan Duff Bohrer was raised in New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, her Master's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and did independent study at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She currently splits her time between Salem, NY, and Dunedin, FL and maintains studios in both locations. She teaches at DFAC during the winter sessions. Her work features strong color and a loose painterly style: "My work is deeply involved in the layering of drawn images, adding veils of color, the destruction, and reconstruction of forms and a gradual simplification using the tools of my trade: mark-making, lines, and gestural color. My subject matter includes emotional states, contradictory forces, and transience in all levels of life. Having been described as 'an abstract painter with discernible references to the natural world', I realize that I often find icons for these forces in the natural world: flowers, birds, cages, vessels of all kinds, hooks, chairs, ladders, fragments of words, amaryllis bulbs and garlic bulbs (my newest icon). I believe that orchestral music and abstract painting relate. Both involve the imagination of the viewer/audience to be appreciated." Her work has been exhibited widely in New York and the Tampa Bay area was included in the 1996 Biennial at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York, and is included in several private and corporate collections. She has recently had a large charcoal, Requiem, accepted into the Permanent collection at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. She is represented privately in Florida by Alison West Brown in Clearwater and Susan Baisden in Tampa.
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