Johanna Kennedy Wall began her career as a successful self-taught artist painting murals and tromp-l'oeil for local businesses in the Bournemouth area before going on to study spatial design at Bournemouth University.
She then worked for Euro Disney Paris and directed the design and construction of the famous 'Pirates of the Caribbean' experience.
Later she travelled around Europe creating portraits and caricatures and spending time with a Portuguese travelling circus. After working her way around Ireland she spent time in the Isle of Man.
Returning to Dorset, her spare time was spent sketching, taking inspiration from her surroundings and re-establishing a lifelong love of horses and riding.
Now settled in the New Forest with her young family she is a highly respected and sought after equine portraitist.
Johanna still takes commissions for murals and trompe l'oeil but her main work is animal portraiture, especially horses and dogs.
She has a commitment to connect with the personality of each animal she paints. Living in the beautiful New Forest affords her a wealth of subjects.
Her preferred practise is to make an initial visit to meet the subject and to take a series of reference photos and sketches. Working from these references for the duration of the portrait she will then revisit the subject before completion to reassure herself that she has recreated the character and spirit of the animal.
The finished product is not just a likeness but a work of art that has captured the true essence of the animal forever.