Thursday, January 31, 2013

Featuring Fresco Artist Joy Baer 2013 Artists Series

I would like to introduce you to the gifted artist, Joy Baer.
Her work is wondrous and her use of Old World Techniques is done exquisitely.

Please enjoy our conversation and some of her works of art!

Wall panel detail "Eternal" fresco with bronze minerals

 1) and 2)    Joy, I have loved seeing your enthusiasm and coverage on the Kansas City Art Scene; even though you have frescoes all over the world. What sparked your interest in creating works of art and when?

When I was a child, I was inspired by an article on Pompeii , Italy in a National Geographic Magazine. The frescoes' message transcend time with themes of family, commerce and great food. Today there is a loneliness in modern day communication. A fresco message has an earth-made sense of camaraderie and community. There is a sociality about a storytelling fresco. My goal is to bring this power of storytelling frescoes into businesses, public spaces and homes worldwide.

"Church Wall, Salute" plaster fresco detail

3)    Were there other mediums you worked in before the art of  Frescoes?

 Other mediums, yes! "Fresco" is Italian for "fresh." The process is created using fresh earth minerals, water and plaster. This process can also be created on stone, slate, cave walls, canvas, bisque ceramic - any porous surface. A chemical bond occurs, which can endure for centuries. There is a natural, intuitive instinct in painting the fresco process, and a feeling of permanence. Where old world meets new, I scan frescoes and send them into other venues of communication on line. A recent show "Storytelling Paper Outfits" used earth minerals and fresh inks on hand-made fiber paper to convey their stories. Currently I'm working on a fresco robotic display for an upcoming gallery show that will express this concept of timelessness.

Earth minerals, pigments and inks on hand-made paper fibers

"Home: Dorothy Gale" in the Colombian Foundation Museum

 4)    Have you traveled extensively to see examples of frescoes and their history? How did that inspire you? Have particular artists inspired your works?
The fresco process is found in every culture throughout history. The earth creates an endless and sustainable gift of art supplies. 

Earth Minerals
Teaching a fresco workshop in Pompeii, Italy inspired me for eternity. A future fresco workshop is planned in Hong Kong. There is no limit for this inspiration. I am inspired by all fellow artists, both ancient and current.

"Purple Rain" fresco casein on Canvas
 5)    Tell us about your work for Hallmark Cards Headquarters.

My work background includes being an art director for ad agencies and a creative product designer for Hallmark. I love communication in all forms, in all cultures, throughout history. I was inspired working with people from around the world, especially the computer geniuses. These jobs were wonderful, but I held a longing for authenticity in a world filled with increasing non-personal messages. From my research, a fresco can be defined as having an ancient spiritual quality and association, with a message that is endless. I was ready to begin painting frescoes. My family jokes that it took me 45 years to create my first fresco. Today, I paint quickly and with gusto.

6)    Where some of your art installations; and what are you currently working on? I hear it is quite exciting.

In the studio, at any given time, I work on a variety of fresco projects. I am honored to have frescoes in museums and pubic spaces, and to keep me humble, my sister displays my fresco above her bathtub. My frescoes are also in bathrooms around the world, and I am happy with this. Today I am in the planning stages for a fresco project in Washington D.C. .

Outdoor Fresco Studio, Joy Baer

7)    Where can our readers see your art whether online or in galleries, public spaces etc? gives a current list of where to find frescoes in public spaces. Each month I promote a fresco to charity, with an attempt to give back to our community. Facebook will show what is being created in the studio each week, and I also use LinkedIn for ongoing and future fresco projects. My work is represented by the Todd Weiner East Gallery, 1817 Grand, KC MO. Worldwide, I am represented by Bridgeman Art in London .

Detail Plaster Fresco tabletop 3 x 2 ft x 1.5" deep

8)    Finally what advice do you have for the aspiring artist of any age or place in their career?

While painting a fresco, there is an interval where everything is coming together. This is carbonation, a chemical bonding, but something far more profound is occurring. I describe it best as a jubilee. A leisure. It's the mystery of the creative process. There is a spontaneity in painting a fresco, combined with a sense of eternal permanence. When I'm painting, I feel buoyant, as though I coexist with time. I encourage all artists to strive for this unhurried, natural and gentle countenance. It took years of faith to get here and I shifted from artist angst to artist faith. My goal is that each fresco will march with a message of inspiration and hope. I have a complete trust in the creative process.
"Heaven" plaster fresco, Ralph Foster Museum

Joy, thank you so much for your intuitive and poignant thoughts on the artistic process and an artists' life!

Dear Friends and Followers. I hope you have enjoyed this feature and please do leave a comment on Joy's works of art! I truly appreciate your support of the Art's

Art by Karena


Segreto Secrets said...

Just wonderful! Love hearing about an artist making sure that fresco painting isn't a lost art. xo Leslie

Leslie said...

Thank for for this wonderful interview! Those wall panels at the top are so interesting. I like her objective .. encouraging artists to strive for an an unhurried, natural art form. There are many things in our society that have gone by the way side and been replaced by something that's quicker, easier, etc..

Carolina Elizabeth said...

Wow, I love the plaster painting. It is such lovely inspiration.
Thank you for sharing.
Carolina Elizabeth

La Petite Gallery said...

This was such an interesting post, Thanks, enjoyed.

Francine Gardner said...

Midnight rain is a beautiful work. I love discovering new artist, thank you for your introductions.

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

This is such an inspiring post. I love this work. Plaster is one of my favorites.The plaster fresco is amazing!
Thank you for your friendship.
Happy Monday.

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

So Beautiful! Joy has wonderful talent. Her Fresco paintings are wonderful!!!

Mark D. Ruffner said...

I like that "Eternal" fresco detail — I, too, have always been inspired by Pompeii — thanks for sharing!

cindy hattersley design said...

So beautiful her work!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh my sweet friend,

GET WELL FAST and yes, a blog break is necessary for now since I am taking a quick flight to California to see family. I will be back.

I pray that your healing will come slowly and SURELY. I truly cannot begin to understand the pain you have had to endure. Peace my dear. Thank you for coming my way.

Send me your address to my email:

24 Corners said...

Such interesting, lovely pieces...beautiful work! It's wonderful to see an artist using ancient techniques in a modern way, very inspiring!!
xo J~

Ideezine said...


Always a great place to learn about great art and artist.Thanks and hope you're better soon. It's a long time coming hugs!


Lancerika said...

Thanks for sharing this post about a beautiful artist and
her inspiring fresco works.I enjoyed it :-)
Best wishes

Katherines Corner said...

a lovely post my friend. Happy Monday wishes, xo

Nancy said...

Karena, another informative and inspiring post! I love old world techniques and keeping it alive. From Anita's comment, I see you may not be feeling well still and I pray you have some relief soon. God bless and take care of yourself.
xo Nancy

Lauren said...

What a wonderful interview on such a fascinating and talented artist!

Fashion-isha said...

You always show amazing art. I like the last one!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Karen... A beautiful post and do take care of have had such a tough time...and now hammered with the weather too!!! Hugs to you! Mona

*Chic Provence* said...

HI Karena dear... hoping this finds you feeling better, lovely post as always.. miss you



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