Joe Anna Arnett graduated from the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She moved to New York and became a Senior Art Director for Young & Rubicam Advertising working on such accounts as Merrill Lynch and People Magazine. In New York, she continued her studies in fine arts at the Art Student’s League for an additional four years.
In 1997, she became a Master Artist of the Artists of America Show at the Denver Historical Society Museum. She exhibited for 14 years at the Prix de West Invitational show at The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. She was honored as a featured artist at the Gilcrease Museum’s 2006 Rendezvous exhibition and the 2012 Reunion at the museum. She has also exhibited at the Albuquerque Museum of Fine Arts, The Tucson Museum of Fine Arts, and The National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Cincinnati Museum Center, and Art Asia in Hong Kong.
Arnett has written articles for The Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, ART Ideas and Australian Artists Magazine and has been featured in The International Herald Tribune, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest and the North Light books, Painting with Passion, The Best of Flower Painting, The Best of Flower Painting II, The Complete Oil Painter and Sketchbook Confidential II from North Light Publishing. She was featured in Plein Air Magazine in the April 2018 issue in an article with James Asher, “Oil and Water, A love Story.”
Arnett has been a demonstration artist for Plein Air Magazine’s Convention & Expo in 2015, an instructor in 2016 and a featured presenter at the 2018 convention in Santa Fe.
Arnett authored the North Light Book Painting Sumptuous Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers in Oil, which was first published in 1998 and went into a second edition as well as a Chinese language edition in 1999.
Joe Anna Arnett was a master artist, one of the producers and a writer for the PBS Series, Passport & Palette. In 2018, she was awarded, Best Still life in Plein Air Magazine’s Salon, and Award of Merit in the Outdoor Painters Society Plein Air Southwest. She is a Master Signature member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and a Signature member of Oil Painters of America and Laguna Plein Air Painters.
In 2011, she and husband artist James Asher, formed Artful Partners, LLC, a film production company, producing instructional videos.
Zaplin Lampert Gallery in Santa Fe, NM has represented her work for thirty years.
- The permanent collection of The Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Wells Fargo Bank
- Senator John Warner
- Suzanne Somers
- Brian Dennehy