About

MARIA JOSENHANS

For over three decades my artistic practice has continually been informed by the language and voice of the land. I interpret this language in varying ways, as its breadth of character seems to range from strong to soft, silent to deafening. My work is directed by watching, listening and sitting alongside these moods. As I paint, I set out to decipher and reconcile the intangible elements of nature before me; the elements that make a moment both fleeting and enduring.

I paint in oils both outdoors and in my studio. Painting out on location and being a part of the environment is an invaluable part of the process when I return to my studio to create larger works. Directly observing and experiencing my subject influences not only my choices of color, but imprints a lasting sense of place. I paint to explore and share what I hold dear and hope that when others look at my paintings they too may recall their own unguarded moments with nature.

EDUCATION

1982-86 B.F.A. in Illustration with Honors, Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA

1994 Paul Caponigro, Invitational Masters Class, Large Format Black & White Photography, Maine Photographic Workshops, Rockport, ME
1993 John Daido Loori, Zen and Photography, Zen Mountain Monastery, Mt Tremper, NY

AWARDS

2020 Grand Prize, British Pacific Properties, Paint On The Mountain Plein Air, West Vancouver, BC
2020 Honorable Mention for Burnt Trees, Waterton Lakes, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, BC
2019 Grand Prize, Plein Air Challenge, West Vancouver, BC
2019 Third Prize, Federation of Canadian Artists, Landscapes, Vancouver, BC
2018 Grand Prize, British Pacific Properties, Paint On The Mountain Plein Air, West Vancouver, BC
2016 Honorable Mention for Best Landscape, Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Representational Show, Vancouver, BC
2016 Runner up, Paint On The Mountain Invitational Plein Air Competition, British Pacific Properties, West Vancouver, BC
2015 Recipient of the Don S. Williams Grant, BC
2015 Grand Prize, Kilby Plein Air Festival, Harrison Mills, BC
2012 Winner, Plein Air Challenge, West Vancouver, BC
2011 Plein Air Challenge Runner-Up, West Vancouver, BC
2008 Stafford Plant Award, Federation of Canadian Artists, International Juried Exhibition: Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, BC

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 Buckland Southerst Gallery, New Paintings, West Vancouver, BC
2017 Buckland Southerst Gallery, Familiar Places, West Vancouver, BC
2016 Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver, BC
2016 Artemis Gallery, Deep Cove To Haida Gwaii, North Vancouver, BC
2016 Buckland Southerst Gallery, Heavens Above, West Vancouver, BC
2014 Buckland Southerst Gallery, Resonance, West Vancouver, BC
2012 Artemis Gallery, The Unguarded Moment, North Vancouver, BC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020 RS Hanna Gallery, Oil Painter's of America National Exhibition, Fredericksburg, TX
2020 Federation Gallery, Landscapes, Animalis, Bloom, AIRE, Western Scenes, Vancouver, BC
2019 Art Interiors, Festival of Smalls, Toronto, ON
2019 The Avenue Gallery, Our Coast, Victoria, BC
2019 Federation Gallery, AIRE (Annual International Representational Exhibition), Vancouver, BC
2019 Federation Gallery, Landscapes, Vancouver, BC
2018 Mary Williams Fine Arts, Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Boulder, CO
2018 Federation Gallery, AIRE (Annual International Representational Exhibition), Vancouver, BC
2018 Federation Gallery, POTE (Painting On The Edge), Vancouver, BC
2018 The Avenue Gallery, Coastal Moods, Victoria, BC
2017 CityScape Gallery, Clouds, North Vancouver, BC
2016 Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Representational Show, Vancouver, BC
2015 Ferry Building Gallery, 25 Years/25 Artists, West Vancouver, BC
2015 Blank Tank Gallery, The North Sho, Vancouver, BC
2015 Visual Space, Red, Vancouver, BC
2015 CityScape Gallery, Cerulean, North Vancouver, BC
2014 Port Angeles Fine Art Center, Paint the Peninsula Invitational, Port Angeles,
2014 The Art Gallery at WVML, Instructor's Exhibition, West Vancouver, BC
2013 Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Representational Show, Vancouver, BC
2013 Ferry Building Gallery, Harmony Arts Showcase Exhibition, West Vancouver, BC
2013 Federation of Canadian Artists, Summer Salon, Vancouver, BC
2013 Buckland Southerst Gallery, New Works, West Vancouver, BC
2012 Ferry Building Gallery, 100 Years, 100 Artists, West Vancouver, BC
2012 Ferry Building Gallery, Recent Works, West Vancouver, BC
2011 Artemis Gallery, Small Wonders, North Vancouver, BC
2011 Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Representational Show, Vancouver, BC
2010 Ferry Building Gallery, In the Abstract, West Vancouver, BC
2009 Kay Meek Centre, Pacific Gallery Show, West Vancouver, BC
2008 Federation of Canadian Artists, International Juried Exhibition: Painting on the Edge, Vancouver, BC
2008 Silk Purse Gallery, Natures Reflections, West Vancouver, BC
2008 Bellevue Art Gallery, Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC
2008 The Art Gallery at the WVML, Spirit of BC, West Vancouver, BC
2008 North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Art Rental Programme
2008 Seymour Art Gallery, A World in a Grain of Sand, North Vancouver, BC

COLLECTIONS

British Pacific Properties Ltd
Lion's Gate Hospital Foundation
McLeod Medical
Private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan

GRANTS

2020 Oil Painters of America, Shirl Smithson Scholarship
2015 Don S. Williams Grant

TEACHINGS

2019-2020 Red Deer College, Series Summer Arts School, Studio Alla Prima Painting, Red Deer, Alberta
2017 Flavour of Spain, Plein Air Workshop, Andalucia, Spain
2016 MISSA (Metchosin International Summer School of Arts), Field Studies, Metchosin, BC
2016 Dene Croft Studios, Atmospheric Landscapes in Oil, North Vancouver, BC
2014 Dene Croft Studios, Introduction to Plein Air, North Vancouver, BC
2013 District of West Vancouver, Summerside Plein Air, West Vancouver, BC

PUBLICATIONS

2012 Opus Visual Arts Newsletter, April 2012, Issue 281, En Plein Air With Maria Josenhans

AFFILIATIONS

Oil Painters of America
Federation of Canadian Artists (Senior member, SFCA)

Maria Josenhans lives and works in British Columbia, Canada