Joanne Parent was born in Omaha, Nebraska on November 23, 1968, at the Offutt Air Force Base – the daughter of Neal and Linda Parent. When she was eight, Parent’s family moved to historic Belfast, Maine, located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay.
At a young age, Parent began to draw pencil portraits under the guidance of her father who taught her the delicate balance between lightness and darkness – skills that would prove invaluable later as a fine artist. Growing up in mid-coast Maine, Joanne was surrounded by forest and coastal inlets which provided an endless stream of inspiration for her paintings. She graduated from Belfast Area High School, a year early, being one of two winners in the State of Maine Art Competition. She was offered a scholarship to the Maine College of Art, but decided instead to travel around the world.
Like many coastal Mainers, Parent had a calling for the sea. In 1990, she set sail for nearly ten years. She became an accomplished sailor and acquired her Captain’s license. Along the way, Joanne became an avid scuba diver and surfer, living in a number of magical places including Majorca in the Mediterranean Sea and French Polynesia in the South Pacific. Surrounded by such natural beauty, Parent continued to explore her art – replacing the pencil with a paintbrush. She returned to Maine in 2000 and attended the Maine College of Art.
Joanne has many public and private collectors. While she is primarily focused on her painting, she also hosts art workshops where she teaches others how to refine their skills with oil paint and pastels.