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I'M JOAN FURLONG

I am a botanical artist, landscape architect, and photographer who creates art that expresses the timeless beauty and passing phenomena of the world around us.

I believe the purpose of design is to create harmony. During my years as a landscape architect I developed the concept of VOX LOCI, or the "Voice of the place," in which I sought to understand the underlying structure and harmonics of a site, and the tension between its essential ecology and the requirements for human usage. Then, through drawing, design, and construction I created beautiful places that evoked the intrinsic qualities of the site, or its "sense" of place.  

Now "VOX LOCI" informs my paintings, photographs, and other art. I work in many different media including watercolor, acrylics, ink, gouache, color pencil, graphite, collage, threads and fabric, photography and garden arts. I 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 purpose in making art is to fill human experience with images and places that remind us that beauty is real, and harmony has power and is essential in our world.

Therefore, making art is essential work because the presence of beautiful art in our lives truly does feed our hearts and give voice to our souls.

My work has been displayed in open and juried exhibits. Recently I had a botanical piece in the “Art Speaks” Exhibit at the Center for the Arts, University of South Carolina Beaufort. 

My background includes degrees in Studio Art and Landscape Architecture from Smith College and Harvard University. I am currently working toward a Certificate in Botanical Illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. I am also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Society of Botanical Artists, and the Tristate Botanical Artist Circle. 

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, building with fabric, and garden art.


career highlights

In 2022 two parks I designed at MKW + Associates were recognized by the NJ Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects:

Dundee Island Park, Passaic, NJ received a NJASLA Honor Award 

Jesse Owens Playground in Brooklyn, NY received a NJASLA Merit Award

Other highlights:

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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