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Iroquois Steeplechase 2022 Artist


The official artist for the 2022 Iroquois Steeplechase is Joanna Caldwell. “Winding down a dusty road and through a cedar hollow you can find Joanna Reed Caldwell painting in her country studio in Coldwater, Tennessee. Signed simply JOANNA, her work is known for its whimsical and entertaining appeal,” Joanna writes in her official bio.

Whimsical is definitely the right term to describe her piece for the 2022 Iroquois Steeplechase, although she says “I've created my own category that I'm calling ‘Soulfulism.’ If I can touch a soul, evoke a smile or a chuckle, then I have accomplished something.”

This year the Iroquois Steeplechase committee asked her to create something really different and fun. They wanted to bring in a bright, lively and whimsical mood for this year.

Joanna describes her work as “colorful, loose, silly, fun, funny… it always makes people smile! I don’t take myself too seriously. It’s just meant to make people chuckle.”

The name of this acrylic painting is “The Lucky One.” Joanna explains:  “I’m not sure who is the luckiest: the gentleman whose horse just won the race; the wife who has the best/sweetest/ most beautiful horse; the horse who has great owners; or the happy hound. You can decide.”

Joanna has been a creative artist since childhood. Her parents encouraged her talent and she had private painting lessons growing up. She attended UT Knoxville with an art scholarship. After college she was able to support herself by selling her artwork in Nashville.

Working with interior designers and select galleries she has placed her painted furniture and numerous paintings in richly appointed homes across the country. Her more famous acrylic paintings feature charming French and Italian waiters, often poised in front of a bistro.

Her current work consists of Foxhunting folks, Mini Donkeys, Polo players, and the unpredictable, good-humored scenes that go along with these animals and sports.

See more of her work on Instagram at Joanna_art_life and at the website:

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