The works of Joan Vienot, a local realist landscape artist painting en plein air, will be on display during October at the Coastal Branch Library.

Vienot is also an avid paddle boarder, canoeist, nature photographer and outdoor enthusiast, finding inspiration anywhere there is light. Her adventures often lead her to return to scenic areas — brushes and palette in hand.

Vienot resides in Point Washington, in Santa Rosa Beach. Born and raised in Colorado, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine art from the University of Northern Colorado, with a certification in public school teaching. She taught art in a Colorado high school for three years before moving to Northwest Florida in 1980.

Her work is displayed at Bohlert-Massey Interiors in Seacrest Beach, On the Waterfront Gallery in Apalachicola, and A. Wicky Gallery in the Shops at the Hub. Vienot’s recent works are in her studio in Point Washington, which may be seen by appointment.

“The greatest pleasure for me as an artist is the capture of the present moment, a little piece of now,” Vienot said. “Plein air painting requires me to focus intensely and to be completely in the moment in order to execute a scene before the light changes radically. I portray the subject in fairly general terms, with only enough detail to lend unique identity and a bit of atmosphere. I rarely do anything more than minimal correcting, or perhaps heightening of contrast, when I get back to my studio, preferring to let my interpretation of the moment stand on its own. It is my pleasure to share with others the beauty I see.”

See her works, go to or call at 850-259-8394 for an appointment.