MAKING IT COUNT...
Joli Ayn Wood is a native of Southwest Virginia, growing up in the Roanoke Valley. She graduated from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, in 1991 with a BA degree in Art History and concentrations in Studio Art, Ancient Art, and Archaeology. During her time at Westhampton, she was fortunate to study under New York artist Ephraim Rubenstein, who emphasized the painting methods of the late Charles Hawthorne and the Cape Cod School.
Joli moved to the rolling hills of Floyd, Virginia in 2008 and devotes her time to painting and creating, as well as championing art opportunities for others. She enjoys working both in the studio and out of doors on location. Favorite subjects include the mountains and rural landscapes of Southwestern Virginia, the rugged coastline of New England, as well as the striking Desert Southwest. While painting "en plein air," her aim is to capture the shapes, colors, and light quickly...most times within a couple of hours. Joli finds inspiration in the luminous works of Fitz Henry Lane, the abstract modernity of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings, the moody, light-filled works by Ed Hopper, as well as contemporary plein air painters of California and the West.
Joli is a founding member of Giles Arts Council, advises on the board of The Floyd Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia, and her studio is a noted stop on the Floyd Artisan Trail in Southwest Virginia. She recently chaired the successful first Floyd Plein Air Festival. She participates in various Virginia regional art shows, festivals, and fundraisers, and her art is featured regularly at various galleries around the region. Joli is currently the Keeley Healing Arts Program Artist-in-Residence at the Carilion Clinic in Christiansburg, Virginia. Her works are included public and private collections around the region and abroad.
Joli’s painting studio in Floyd is open to the public by appointment or by chance. Feel free to contact her for a visit!
STUDIO joli ayn wood
657 Poor Farm Road SE
Floyd, Virginia 24091