Joan Garcia

Joan Garcia


   2024 W. Sitka St, Tampa, FL, 33604

Living in the Tampa Bay area you can feel the life around you; the atmosphere, community and the wildlife. That is what inspires me to create and I paint what intrigues me. As to medium and style I have a restless spirit; working in oil, acrylic and colored pencil. When I look at a painting I always want to look at the strokes, the hand of the artist. But my main focus is the combination of light, shadow and edges that create depth.

Art was always part of my life, and my body of work encompasses realistic wildlife and landscape paintings in oil and acrylics, illustrations and portraits in colored pencil. My work can be found in corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally. Having lived in Miami, Costa Rica, Texas and now Lutz, I have been working professionally in fine art, portraiture, murals and graphic arts for over 30 years.

Volunteer work has also opened my talents to various opportunities from drawing macaws to benefit Amigos de las Aves in Alajuela, Costa Rica, to students and teachers in various school systems in Miami, Costa Rica and Texas, as well as murals for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Central Texas and Joshua House in Tampa, Florida. Most recently my talent was used to paint Trusty for Super Heroes on Parade for the Southeastern Guide Dogs.

My current painting series encompasses the environment of the Tampa Bay area. The Hispanic heritage of Tampa provides wonderful subjects, the wildlife series is inspired by my family who are avid fishermen and provide much inspiration in their knowledge of the local waters. In addition, the Florida environment provides numerous opportunities for plein air painting and the new Urban Sketchers movement. You can often find me painting along the shore, in the local parks and urban settings.