Joan LeMay's work is kind of all over the map lately. Over the last few years, she has primarily been painting (mostly) gouache portraits of (mostly) women. She is interested in the history of the nimbus/halo as a visual symbol, and what inserting it in modern and secular settings can do. Cheek-circles are a longtime thread in her portraiture work.
She also paints abstract oils because she's unduly moved by Mitchell and DeKooning like everyone else.
Her work has been exhibited in Houston, TX (Blaffer Gallery), Austin, TX (Monstrosity Gallery), Pomona, CA (Glass House), Koln, Germany (KA Kunst Gallery), Los Angeles, CA (Unitard Gallery, Four Eyes Art Collective), Seattle, WA (Tether Gallery, Velouria, Solo, Crocodile Cafe', The Anne Bonney, Ghost Gallery, Derek Erdman's International House of Paintings), Portland, OR (PDX Salon, Mississippi Studios, The Woods, Tiga, Disjecta, Albina Press), Anacortes, WA (Cascadia Contemporary), Brooklyn, NY (Oslo, Brouwerij Lane) and NYC, NY (HiFi Bar). Her album artwork appears on LPs by Benjamin Gibbard, Laura Gibson, Jennifer O' Connor, Dave Depper, The White Papers and others. It was even on The Colbert Report once because Ben was.
LeMay currently illustrates for Lenny, Paste Magazine and Broadly. She also helms her own small interior decor/design firm, Fifth House Interiors.