Joan McConaghy Painting Studio

Associate Gallery

Joan McConaghy Painting Studio

Painting is a joyous exploratory journey for me. It is a place where I immerse myself into self-imagination and discovery. I have always had a strong desire to explore, enriching my knowledge and thus my visual imagination.

When I sit in front of my canvas, paints and brushes ready, I begin to make a connection with the subject and everything else in my life falls away. I study the sections of the composition and make a light sketch. I begin to feel my way inside the subject with my mind. I notice the shapes, textures, patterns, edges and soft lines. My intent is to bring out my true passion for color and how it can play an emotional role in the viewer. My work does not necessarily reflect what I actually see, rather what I am imagining.

I love to paint and am continually inspired by nature. I believe that I was given a talent to share in its beauty through the use of paint and canvas.  I hope that the collectors of my work can be touched in some way to “Stop and Smell the Roses” for a moment and reflect on the joy and beauty that has been given to us each day.

I hope that the passion I have for art and the passion I have to share nature’s beauty is reflected in my work.

Joan McConaghy
Painting Studio

9 Thomas Street


Hours by appointment and chance

About the Artist

I am a lifelong Rhode Island artist, teacher, mother, and grandmother. As long as I remember art has always been part of my life, but I put aside my pursuit of art in order to focus on my education; while married and raising three children. I returned to school as a “slightly older student”, received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Painting, Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Technology Graphic Arts and Masters Degree in Instructional Design; all from Rhode Island College. Upon completion, yearning to further my education, I was accepted to the Doctoral Program at Boston University in Educational Media and Technology and because of unforeseen circumstances finished as an ABD candidate. Additionally, I attended other schools of art including Rhode Island School of Design’s Continuing Education and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

After teaching at Rhode Island College for 22 years, I retired in order to concentrate my efforts and energy on my art.  I am an artist member of the Providence Art Club, Wickford Art Association and Pawtucket Arts Collaborative. My work has been accepted in a wide variety of juried shows and I have been honored with several awards.  My art has been displayed in Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s DC office, General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and acquired by patrons throughout the United States and Europe.

I can be found working at my studio located at the Providence Art Club Historic Deacon Taylor House which is the yellow colonial building at 9 Thomas Street, Providence, RI. I am located on the first floor front suite. All work is available and displayed.



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• March 1, 2016

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