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About me 

Thank you for visiting my website. I am Joanne, an expressionist artist and designer. Originally from the Northwest of England, I relocated to Switzerland in 2007.

Whilst my roots lie at a lower altitude in the hedgerows and dairy farms of Cheshire, I overcame my fear of heights for my muse: the majestic mountains and landscape of Switzerland.

My late father, who fell in love with Switzerland on a school trip to Luzern from England in the mid-1950s and became a painter towards the end of his life, has been a significant influence on my art. Although he passed away when I was very young, his love for capturing landscapes has been passed down to me, and I have been creating and painting for as long as I can remember. I derive inspiration from the sketches, photographs, and experiences which I gather during my adventures and travels.

I dedicate my days to my paintings, collages, and designs. I usually work on several paintings simultaneously, exploring different ideas and expressions of a particular moment and mood. My work is deeply influenced by Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler, German expressionist artists like Kirchner and Beckmann, and English landscape painters Turner and Constable, as well as the stories by Heinrich Harrer (The White Spider). These influences have shaped my creativity and inspired me to depict the Swiss Alps in my own style.

Art has been my passion from a very young age, and I pursued it throughout my education, completing my degree in Visual Art BA(Hons) at DeMontfort University in the UK. 

I regularly exhibit my work in Switzerland, and I have had the incredible honour of being selected twice for the prestigious juried Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, in 2016 and 2021.

 Current Exhibition

I'm thrilled and honoured to be invited back to the American Women's Club of Zurich to show my work in their gallery space.

You are invited to attend the vernissage for this show.  For more information or to reserve a space for this selective event please click on the following link.  American Women's Club of Zurich - Exhibitions



Artist CV

I have a post-grad HNC in multimedia and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), in Visual Art.

My work is showcased throughout Switzerland and I have been selected and exhibited twice at the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. I have also been featured as part of a Bromer Art Exhibition with the Swiss mountain group.


  • BA (Hons) Degree in Visual Art, De Montfort University UK 1990 - 93

  • Post Grad 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

  • Digital Art 5-week course Royal Drawing  School London

  • 2024 10-week Amination course, Royal Drawing School London

  • 2024 8-week 2nd-semester Amination course, Royal Drawing School London

  • 2013  Founder of Simply Paint and Designs and Gifts, now Artibus  

  • 2015  Bergwasser, Bromer Art Collection, CH

  • 2016  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London UK (juried) 

  • 2021  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London UK (juried)


2012 Active member of the Guild of Swiss Mountain Painters GSBM.

More information at


April 15 til June 2024

Solo Exhibition Behind the Mountains

AWC Zurich

Hoschgasse 38

8008 Zurich


December 2023

Group Christmas Exhibition

Kulturhaus Maihof Association
Bahnhofstrasse 25
6403 Küssnach

2023 - Feb 2024

Galerie Hiller

Bahnhofstrasse 2,

8703 Erlenbach, Zurich 

2023 - Feb 2024

Kunst Kiosk

Galerie Vitrine, Luzern

Stiftstrasse 4, 6006 Luzern

2023 October 

Divulgarti Eventi al Ducale

Piazza Giacomo Matteotti,

16121 Genova GE, Italy

2023 July

The Holy Art Gallery

London, UK


Dessin, Galerie Vitrine, Lucerne

Stiftstrasse 4, 6006 Lucerne


Group exhibition in Altestadthalle 

Solo Steinhausern, praxis for Homeopathy

Summer 2021

The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition London (juried)


Jan - September 2021

Migros Golf Zentrum Holzhausern



Atelier Galerie. Baden. 

La Paletta, Flims. 

Galerie Karouzou, Zurich



Gemeindezentrum Volketswil

Raiffeisen Bank, Meilen

Art Group Zug, Altstadthalle, Zug

30 Jahre GSBM, Kornschütte Luzern 



Villa Meier-Severini, Zollikon, Zurich

Leichtigkeit, Altstadthalle, Zug

GSBM, Galerie KSU,  Stadthaus, 3800 Unterseen



The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition London (Juried)

Der Gipfel, Seefeld, Zurich 

British Embassy, Bern



Bergwasser, Bromer Art Collection, 

Swiss Landscapes, INA Dederer Gallery, Zurich


2014 and earlier

StafArt14, Stäfa, Zurich, Switzerland

Drawing Exhibition, Lausanne, Switzerland

Gipfelwelten, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Solo Ascents, AWC, Zurich

Alpenstein, Appenzell, Switzerland

Meilen Kreativ, Meilen, Switzerland

Exhibition in Nothwich 

1993 Degree Exhibition at DMU, Leicester, UK


Artibus Founded by Joanne Finnegan

Artibus is the brand name of my collection of items I've designed for individuals as well as for high-volume sales. It has been a lifelong passion of mine—a journey rooted in the art of designing, cutting, and crafting.

Reflecting on how to best to simplify my work, I've made the decision to reintroduce Artibus under my name. In the coming weeks, my online store will be up and running here on the Joanne Finnegan website, featuring a curated catalog of my creations. You'll soon be able to purchase the Artibus collection of gifts and crafted items here!

Stay tuned as I embark on this exciting endeavor!

Corporate gifts. exclusive designs, and personalised pieces crafted with love.


Recently, I've had the pleasure of collaborating with a prominent international company, crafting exquisite welcome gifts for their new hires relocating to Kanton Zug. It was truly an honor to research and design these bespoke packages, helping to ensure a positive transition for each employee.



32 Hinterbergstrasse

Steinhausern 6312

I am always delighted to welcome guests to my 

workplace and gallery. 


It is my creative nest and a charming space for visitors to view my work, developing pieces, and where I teach.


Aspiring artists looking to develop their craft can join me at the studio for one-on-one mentoring.

I guide them to improve their skills and technique and establish their unique artistic identity.

If you would like to visit or have an inquiry about mentoring please contact me.

Hinterbergstrasse 32

6312 Steinhausen



Charitable Work


In my role as a painter, I have had the opportunity to make a difference by supporting various organizations and charities.

I have been fortunate enough to have caught the attention and patronage of several great art collectors over the years, ranging from individual art enthusiasts to my primary collector, who has accumulated over ten of my paintings. I am deeply appreciative and honoured to have their support, and I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of them, and especially to Schneider AG and their staff.

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