Artist Joanne Barby is a mother to three children, currently living and working on the South Coast of New South Wales in Australia. Her artwork has been exhibited in many group shows, galleries and private collections all over the world. She has also placed well in many competitions; including best artwork in the “Flora or Fauna” category and also the overall “People’s Choice Award” at a National Pastel exhibition.

"PanPastel has changed my life and I’m not just saying that!  It is a perfect fit for the way I see the world and how I apply color to paper, plus it has literally opened up a world of possibilities to me!”

About her working technique, Joanne explains: “I begin by blocking in a thin layer of PanPastel first, then I build on the layers of PanPastel which gives me depth of color and tones. Finally, I use a touch of soft pastel stick, pastel pencil or charcoal pencils for the details.  I work in A3 size or bigger.  I particularly love the fine PanPastel Pearl Mediums for blending the colours together, especially for backgrounds.”

Joanne regularly shares her work and her process on social media. Joanne shares her artwork and process on Facebook and Instagram. Her work has been featured on many blogs (including PanPastel’s PaintDrawBlend.), magazines and was represented in the 2013 Bespoke Calendar of emerging artists. Her work is also featured in a “Feathers of Inspiration” book, by “Out of Step Books”.

Where to find Joanne...

  • Facebook - Joanne Barby
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Introduction to PanPastel and Seascapes


Student Experience Level: All Students

Explore the colours, mediums and the pure joy you will experience in working with PanPastel, a totally new way to use the pastel medium.  The looseness and layering that PanPastel allows - letting you apply pastel like paint.  Joanne will demonstrate how you can use this approach to block in your subject without the need for an initial drawing. Learn about colour mapping, creating flow and so much more.

Discover how easily PanPastel Colors work with pastel sticks and Pastel pencils.   Discover all the Softt Tool techniques and how the different mark marking helps develop your own personal artistic style.


We will work on a number of different subjects so that each person has a new understanding of what is possible and a new sense of inspiration

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