About Toronto artist, painter Joanna Strong

Joanna is known for her paintings of mysterious worlds and symbols created from rubber bands. In these observation-based oil paintings, the elastic bands found in our daily lives are entwined together to create miniature worlds, just as everyday moments combine together to make our own personal worlds… landscape elements such as skies, snow and water are evoked, and more abstract ideas of entangled thoughts and feelings are also given form.

Each rubber band world or symbol embodies a specific concept, which may take many days to compose; after this has been explored and confirmed, the subject is observed, interpreted and painted from life.

As a still-life painter, Joanna paints a wide variety of objects from everyday life, finding intrigue, beauty and purpose in our immediate surroundings. Each subject is chosen for its own unique combination of meaning and appearance.

Originally from Newfoundland, she has been painting for many years, and has a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax and an MFA from the University of Waterloo. Her work has appeared in over 80 exhibitions, both juried and solo, and she is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Joanna lives with her husband and two children in Toronto, Canada.

Below you can see Joanna’s Instagram posts about her latest paintings, works in progress, upcoming shows, and other news.