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Josiane Childers was born in the smoky mountains of North Carolina but grew up in upstate New York. She was very driven to draw, paint and learn from a young age but not until after receiving excellent training and encouragement from her high school art instructor, Nicholas Todisco, did she begin to take it seriously for life. Josiane continued her education in fine art with inspirational teachers from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY and completed her Bachelor of Fine Art at Purchase College in Westchester County, NY. This also included a semester abroad in Amsterdam at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming. Amsterdam was of course a magnificent setting to be thrown into in a young artist’s life and has an influential presence still with her today. She now resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her artist fiancé and three German Shepherds.

Josiane works in acrylics on canvas as well as painting on various metal and plexi sculptures that her fiancé and co-worker Justin West creates. Her contemporary paintings are truly original and extremely creative in color composition, design and style. Even though she paints mostly abstract styled paintings, the spacious sky and unique landscape of the desert has an enlightening impact on her work.


Josiane states, "Every piece that I paint is an emotional journey through color. I am continuously inspired by the extraordinary world around me as well as the exciting possibilities of infinite color relationships. Every single color is beautiful and has a place. I love how the colors ask for each other and vibrate in unison in creation of a new color world. Or one crooked line asks for another crooked line in the continuing quest for balance. My painting style always involves a search for perfection and balance in chaos. I try to begin paintings with random choices and movements and then solve the puzzle as I go. I am always trying to reach a mathematical perfection with color and form. There is always motivation to paint and I am in love with the paint itself."

All photographs taken courtesy of Kimberli Photography