Joan Usner Salvant began her career in architectural drawing and commercial art, but soon gravitated to the fine arts. Her skillful perspective renderings and beautiful landscapes have been enthusiastically received for more than forty years. Her love of history has led to a highly successful series of paintings of historic buildings, sites and homes in Texas, where she lives and works, and in her native city of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Many of Ms. Salvant’s paintings of Texas are collected in three books published by the University of Texas Press:
The Historic Ranches of Texas
The Historic Seacoast of Texas
If These Wall Could Speak: The Historic Forts of Texas
Ms. Salvant has also illustrated a number of other historical books and has been featured in Texas Highways Magazine seven times.
Much of her time is spent on commissions, creating art depicting the private ancestral, family and childhood homes of her clients.
JU Salvant’s paintings and drawings are found in the art collections of two US Presidents, US Congressmen, governors, a former First Lady, banks, holding companies, petroleum companies, interior designers, and various businesses. Permanent hangings of Salvant art work may be found in the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C., the University of Texas Visitors Center, and Fort Concho Historical Museum – San Angelo, Texas.
Galleries that have displayed her work are Evangeline Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana, Merrill-Chase Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Sotheby’s of New York.
Teaching people to paint and draw is a passion for Salvant, and she regularly conducts art classes and workshops in Austin and Central Texas. A gifted instructor and mentor, she generously shares her knowledge of the basics of good drawing — perspective, light and shadow, and composition — as well as techniques of watercolor painting and ink drawing.