Joanne Markowicz-Bilarczyk

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Joanne Markowicz-Bilarczyk, a freelance artist, whose passion to paint began at age 5 when she defiantly transformed an ordinary silver radiator into colorful psychedelic art by melting crayons. The melting, blending experimenting and drawing with crayons sparked a lifetime desire to study painting. Joanne had an opportunity to live in the Netherlands for two years, where she studied with Mr. Koo Stroo, a Dutch artist, teacher and mentor, at the American International School of The Hague. He taught her a deeper appreciation for the arts and encouraged her to continue her pursuit for the arts in college. 

Joanne majored in painting and drawing and earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rowan University. She also received a Commercial Art Certificate at Camden County Adult Technical School and was selected for the Outstanding Student Award. Joanne is a lifelong resident of NJ having grown-up in Passaic and East Rutherford before relocating to West Berlin where she resides with her husband. Together, they raised two sons.  She exhibits in juried art shows in NJ and PA and won many awards for her pastels, paintings and drawings since the age of 12. Many of her paintings are part of private collections. She is a member of Willingboro Art Alliance, a Signature member of the NJ Pastel Painters, the Rancocas Plein Air Painters and a life member of the Center for the Arts. 

Joanne’s artwork consists of painting from direct observation in the classical methods as well as in the manner of painting called premier coup. Her choices of mediums are oil paints, acrylic paints and soft and oil pastels.  She strives to create those perfect “wow” paintings, often painting without realizing that many hours have passed. She is inspired from found objects, interesting characters and the environment. Creating is Joanne’s lifeline, her serenity and a means to meditate. 

Phone number: 856-767-8162

One Straube Center Blvd • Pennington, NJ 08534 • Phone: 609-737-3322 • E-mail:
Straube Center Boulevard surrounded by Route 31, West Franklin Ave., Knowles Ave.-Bixby’s Way, and Broemel Place