Joan Pranata Bogart is an artist and nature admirer. Her floral and plant drawings are inspired by daily observations of nature. She grew up in Southern California but has lived throughout the Bay Area since graduating from University of California, Berkeley. Following receiving a BA in Art Practice she worked doing advertising at a tech company for over a decade, and she illustrated on the side. Her early career illustrations mostly consisted of colorful botanical pencil renderings for product labels, and she dabbled in digital and ink drawing.
Making art with her kids was a catalyst for Joan’s self-taught practice of hand made relief printmaking and evolution of drawing in a more tactile fashion. Seeing a drawing carefully hand-carved and brought into life in her relief ink prints gives her an engaged and addictive outlet for her Art Practice. Her recent botanical ink prints are best imagined in original arrangement- no two are alike. Multiple relief prints are pressed by hand onto paper in a Batik-like design.
Joan practices hand-made relief printmaking while raising three young children with her husband in Santa Cruz, CA.