Joanne Tarlin resides in Harpswell, Maine where her studio overlooks coastal waters. She moved to Maine from Massachusetts in 2019 and immersed herself in the new environment. Sea birds, tides, sea grass, glacial rock formations, big sky, trees, and wind engulfed her senses and engaged her mind. Her former studios were in cities where geometric and manmade horizons influenced the symbolic imagery in her semi-abstract constructed landscapes.
Prior to 2000, Tarlin worked as a creative director in the consumer marketing sector while raising her two children. While she continued her education in fine art, ultimately earning her MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University, she migrated her professional skills to the non-profit sector to raise funds for varied educational and advocacy organizations benefiting people with disabilities and other challenges.
In 2016 Tarlin became a board member for her local arts organization and assisted in its revival and the launch of the @theW Art Gallery and community arts center in Wayland, Ma. In 2020, she joined the Union of Maine Visual Artists and shortly thereafter became a board member. Tarlin was an adjunct professor at Framingham State University and has been a painting instructor. Her work is in worldwide private and corporate collections in Japan, Ireland, England, and the United Arab Emirates. Her work is available through Array Contemporary, Interiology Design, and Elizabeth Moss Galleries.