Imaginary Oil Paintings by Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam's oil paintings frequently concentrate on females or animals against desolate, wooded backdrops. Each stares off in contemplation, with Nam's single-word titles often offering context with descriptors like "Lucid," "Numb," or even "Belong." Her current works are even more dreamlike, blending in bits of gold leaf.

The artist states: "Lately, I'm searching for the balance between abstraction and realism. In the beginning, I used to paint with a lot of brush strokes but somehow preoccupied trying to not reveal brush strokes over last three decades. Now I am trying to combine two. I enjoy variety textures and smoothness of two different styles I have."