My Journey

Professional Artist, Motivational Speaker and Teacher

Joanne Colely Professional Artist

Photographer: Chris Huzzard

About Me

From 25 years of corporate at Yellow Pages and Google, I decided to throw it all away and start again to follow my dream of teaching art in secondary school. However, halfway through my secondary teaching degree, I decided to pursue painting celebrities and politicians to help raise money for charity after I painted at my first ever event (using my hands and fingers) painting giant mermaids swimming underneath Rottnest island which raised $50,000.

Since then, I have painted Scott Morrison, Mark Mcgowan, Daniel Ricciardo, Nat Fyfe, Nic Naitanui, Ray Meager (Alf Stewart from Home and Away,) Damien Martin, Bryce Cotton And Basil Zempilas. Raising just over $175,000 so far.

(Kelly Slater and Anthony Mundine are to follow. Watch this space.)

Part of my journey as an artist is to collaborate, because I believe that we can all support each other to learn and grow. My main focus now is painting commissions and selling my collection of works where my style is extremely diverse. Painting from landscapes to portraits, to a surrealist narrative collection of works. Some of my works are held by private collectors both nationally and internationally.

I recently teamed up with an international fashion designer Mauricio Alpizar who I  collaborated with early 2021 where together we created ‘the McGown’. My painting was on the gown along with ‘Mark My Words’ down the back of the garment. Mauricio’s work has been seen on the runways of New York and his key theme is sustainability as his garments are made from the fibres of the acacia tree and the inks from the eucalyptus tree. His theme is culture, diversity, community, equality and his art tells a story. Timeless, daring and flowing fashion using bright vibrant colours, we are collaborating to create wearable art. Using fashion and prints that tells a story. This is where fashion meets art.

Together we created unique pieces of wearable art that tells a story and makes you not only feel confident but look amazing. I have recently created a Gin Bottle design where my painting of fish from the Great Barrier Reef can be seen swimming inside the bottle. The fish design is also on a unique one off kimono printed on sustainable material.

More recently I collaborated with an indigenous artist Devetta Ridgwell where we told a dreamtime story of healing over my resin painting for Telethon, MND and MS raising $20,000.

My unique paintings will be available as well as personalised commissions that are unique and meaningful to you. Please contact me if you would like to meet and discuss your unique custom made artwork.

Painting with roses supplied by Bud N Bee Florist Ocean Keys, while wearing Maurico Alpizar Fashion





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