Community News & Events

Interconnected Artist Spotlight: Joanne Cuevas

Artist Statement

The work I have curated is explorative and is a reflection of the natural environment and the ever-changing subject matter that surrounds me. With photography and paintings, I try to capture the beauty within the subtleties of life by striving to transform the mundane. The nature of the west coast has found a way to inspire me to make art through its organic forms and earthy tones within my paintings. With portraiture, I try to capture POC and subjects with whom I have meaningful connections in my life using gouache, acrylic, and oil paints.

I love working with both traditional and digital artistic methods. When I paint and draw I find I can tangibly exercise nuanced detail and connect to my physicality. On the contrary, designing digitally becomes a challenge of intention to let go of the unnecessary and deeply consider how the viewer may perceive a message.

My design work is where I experiment with bolder colours and minimal forms while my illustrations evoke a whimsical nature inspired by children’s book illustrations. As an artist and designer, there is an amalgamation of different styles within my work whereby I am not tied to one style as I shift from different mediums whether it be illustration, photography, or design.


Joanne Cuevas

Joanne Cuevas (She/Her) is a Graphic Designer and Interdisciplinary Artist born and based on the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish(Sḵwx̱wú7mesh), and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (səlilwətaɬ). She believes art is an experimental process for anyone to explore in which mediums are boundless. Joanne’s work focuses on conceptual thinking and aims to create a visual impact to express ideas whether it exists on a movie poster or a simple mark on a logo. She draws from her background in studying sciences and education at Simon Fraser University to influence creative expression to cultivate awareness and an altruistic attitude towards her work. Joanne is currently studying at Capilano University in the IDEA Program for a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication. She currently works as a sole in-house Graphic Designer for a digital marketing agency in Burnaby, CT21Analytics Inc., where she has found continual inspiration by working in a collaborative team environment. Additionally, some of Joanne’s work has previously been shown at Vines Art Festival, in Applied Arts Magazine for student awards, and featured in the Top 10 illustrations of the annual CAPIC RODEO Gallery.