Joanne Finnegan

After years of searching for something I cannot describe, I found it here in the landscapes of the Swiss Alps, and thankfully, they remain an important part of my everyday life.  My main influences are the works of Hodler, Kirchner, and other 20th century Expressionists. My motivation is to represent the landscapes in my own expressionistic style and capture the light, shape, and structures, which surround and inspire me here in Switzerland. 

My fine art training was at De Montfort University, England, where I specialised in painting, and printmaking. In 1993 I graduated with a BA(Hons) Degree in Visual Art. I work mainly on large format canvases, using oil and acrylic. The inspiration for the map work was to put the mountain directly onto the landscape. My linocut printing is influenced by Switzerland's culture with its black and white paperwork.  In 2012, I founded Simply Paint to create art instruction and mentoring for other artists in the surrounding area.   Over the years, I have also enjoyed working with individuals and groups with various disabilities through art as a therapeutic method.

I have exhibited at various major galleries throughout Switzerland. In 2012, I was accepted as a member of the Guild of Swiss Mountain Painters. My map work was selected in 2016 for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open exhibition based in London, England. 

I am currently living in Zug, Switzerland. My paintings and work are in private collections in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Europe, and Asia.

Art Training & Qualifications.

BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Art, 

Higher National Certificate in Multi-Media and Web Design 

Art and Design Foundation Course, University entry 12 months. 

Diploma of Higher Education in Visual Arts.

Intermediate Certificate in Art and Design Ceramics.


2012  Member of the Guild of Swiss Mountain Painters.

2013  Founder of  Simply Paint, 

2015  Bergwasser, Bromer Art Collection, GSBM

2016  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London.

News: Current Exhibitions


Flims. Switzerland


Kanton Zug.

Covid restrictions till September 2021

Me in 1987 Foundation art

Mid-Cheshire College UK

Royal Academy 2016, me climbing the stairs to my map on varnishing day.

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