She describes her understanding of light and its impor-tance
as spiritual and deeply personal, as well as technical.
She recently proposed a multifaceted exhibition of her own
work titled “Accentuating the Light,” which would include
representational pieces as well as some of her newer abstract
paintings. In an eloquent description of the show and its
purpose, Geisel writes, “As a painter, being conscious of the
light on a landscape, a life model or flower arrangement is
often integral to the painting’s success. Similarly, finding the
inner purpose or light in a nonrepresentational piece of work
can bring an abstract painting to a new level. While I am
painting and when I am teaching, I always ask, ‘Where is the
light? From which direction does the light come.’ Knowing
this answer brings life, shape and substance to the subject
and everything else seems to fall into the place.”
Joanne Geisel in her Leland studio.
Rosy Reflections, 6 x 8 inches, oil on canvas.