The artist has had a varied career. With a degree in education from the University of Cincinnati, she taught elementary students. She has worked in human resources and as a recruiter for various corporations. After a move to Palo Alto, Ogburn studied painting, working originally in oils, but eventually settled on watercolors as her preferred medium. She has continued her artistic education taking a wide variety of workshops, most recently at the Crocker Art Museum.
Strong colors and contrasts are important to Ogburn. The play between highlights and shadows are especially intriguing and are evident in a number of her works. Inspired by nature and her surroundings, she paints florals, animals and landscapes. Along with her paintings, Ogburn produces an extensive line of cards. She is a member of the Amador County Artists Association and recently joined the Sutter Creek Gallery. In March she will teach a class in watercolor card making for Taste of the Arts, a one-day mini art institute presented by the Arts Council.
JoAnn is one of the many local artists exhibiting at the cooperative located in the heart of Sutter Creek at 35 Main Street. Besides original paintings and photography, the gallery offers many affordable items including prints, cards, jewelry, pottery, gourds and fiber arts.
The gallery is open daily, except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, call 209-267-0228, email
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