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I'M JOAN FURLONG

I am a botanical artist and nature photographer who practiced landscape architecture professionally for more than 30 years. I studied art and horticulture at Smith College, botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden, and earned a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 

I believe the purpose of design is to create harmony. As a landscape architect I developed the concept of VOX LOCI, or the "Voice of the place," in which I would "listen" to a site, and through drawing, design, and construction create beautiful places that evoked the intrinsic intangible qualities of the site, the mood or "sense" of the place.  

Now "VOX LOCI" informs my paintings and photographs. These days my purpose in making art is to capture the timeless beauty and passing phenomena of the world around us and to share it in beautiful images.  

I work in many different media, including watercolor, ink, gouache, acrylics, color pencil, graphite, collage, and photography. 

I often use these different media to make multiple renderings of the same subject. This enables me to closely observe and better understand what I'm seeing and to explore which media best captures the essence of the subject, or its VOX LOCI.  

My work was recently displayed in the juried exhibit “Art Speaks” at the Center for the Arts, University of South Carolina Beaufort in the Fall of 2020. 

I am also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Botanical Artists. 

I hope you like what you see here! More art prints and originals will become available in the coming months. Do come back!

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Inspiration

I find daily inspiration in my garden which we call "Good Garden Heaven."

And in the hot and humid landscape
(and bug-scape) of the South Carolina
Low Country. Bugs rule! 
But so do magnolias.

"A grateful heart a garden is,
Where there is always room
For every lovely, God-like grace
To come to perfect bloom."
- Emma Wasgatt Dennis

Techniques

Pencil, ink paint, collage, photography...
but using ink wash and watercolor (separately) I have been exploring wet-on-wet painting. 

career highlights

As a college undergrad I painted a 4'x 66' long mural - in panels -  and hung it late at night in one of the art studios. I did not ask permission.
It remained on the wall for about 6 years.

As a landscape architect, I designed an inclusive, steam-punk themed playground on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was described as the "gold standard of accessibility" in the city.
DNAInfo Article

Upper West Side Playground Reopens After $7M Renovation
Patch.com Article

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