Joann Sleadd
Joann has been in the art field for many years. She grew up in Elsah, Illinois where her father was superintendent of the farming for Principia College.  Her father was transferred to the St. Louis, Missouri , Principia College Campus.   She started drawing and painting at an early age, and remembers using crayons to make pictures of the animals on the farm and scenes of her dad on a tractor.   Joann graduated from Eureka High School, Eureka, Missouri, married and had three children.  She lived in Missouri until 1979 when she moved to Watsonville, California and opened a photo retouching studio with a partner.  Several years later she joined the Image West Photographic Lab in Walnut Creek, Ca. as an in house photo retouching service.  She was skilled in airbrush, photo hand oil coloring, negative retouching, transparency retouching and photographic retouching. During this time she was chosen by the Kodak Photographic Co. to produce a training video on negative retouching with an instruction book.  She traveled and taught these skills in many photo labs in many states, and for The Professional Photographers of America Association, where she acquired the Photographic Craftsman Degree and Award.
She met Robert "Bob Sleadd" a San Francisco Policman, who was also interested in photography.  They married in 1989.  Robert retired and Joann closed her retouching service studio so they could pursue their plans of moving to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. They bought a house, actually ruins of a house and remodeled it.  After 12 years of remodeling and traveling in Mexico they decided they wanted to sell and travel in Europe. When they sold their house in Mexico, the buyer wanted all the paintings and photographs of Joann and Robert's or there was no sale.  So of course, the paintings and photographs remained in San Miguel with the house. She says " I love when someone enjoys my paintings that much, that is what I strive for, to paint for myself then have someone see something in it enough to purchase it. "
They have lived in many states, and traveled in many foreign countries , painting and photographing the scenes, the people, the flowers, and have an unlimited amount of photos and sketches to inspire future paintings.
Joann has studied with many famous artists that she admired. All which have contributed to the artist she is today. She could list many but her favorite artist is Clark Hulings who lived in Santa Fe while Robert and Joann lived there .  I first saw his paintings at the Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City many years before, and had searched out his paintings ever after.  It was luck that brought us to Santa Fe where he lived.  She says," His paintings tell a story and his depiction of light in his paintings is a most beautiful thing."  After many moves they found Kalispell, Mt.  and have lived there since 2006.
She paints en plein air and studio painting. "I love plein air painting, it is the best way to really see actual light and shadows, unlike painting from photographs which never depict the colors in shadows or perspective correctly"   However she still uses photos, and videos.  Her oil sketches and pencil sketches clarify what the photos lack, and the video captures her comments on color and the mood. You will find her painting late into the night and early morning hours. " This is the time when everything is quiet , with a paint brush in my hand and favorite music playing I am in my favorite place"
 Joann volunteers at the Hockaday Museum in Kalispell as a docent. One of the activities she enjoys is working with children.  Being a docent I can encourage young people to appreciate art, even if they are not interested in becoming artists.  When explaining color, mass, light and shadow and how the artist leads the viewer into the painting, it is amazing to see the students become interested .  She also is a instructor for the Grumbacher Paint Company, instructing drawing and acrylic painting for Michael's Arts and Crafts in Kalispell. 
In Joann's words " Since I have learned so much from so many I want to share as much as I can with others who feel about art as I do".

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