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Unterägeri 2018
“Switzerland holds a special place in my childhood memories. As a child, my father brought me a tiny wooden toy house back from a visit to Luzern.
Now I live here in a real wooden house and it reminds me how the universe can be full of wonders.”

About Joanne Finnegan

I" am a British-born expressionist artist who has been living and working in Switzerland since 2007 and now I live in Holzhäusern ZG.

Despite my fear of heights, the principal subjects of my work are large and expressionistic representations of Swiss mountains and landscapes. I trace my influence on art to my late father, who fell in love with Switzerland on a school trip to Luzern from England in the mid-1950s and who became a painter at the end of his short life. I work from my own sketches and impressions. Since my sons have grown up, I now work almost every day on my paintings, collages, and prints. I typically work on several paintings at once to pursue different ideas and expressions of a captured moment and mood. My main influences are the landscapes of Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler and German Expressionist artists such as Kirchner and Beckmann. These along with the stories by Heinrich Harrer (The White Spider) have moulded my creativity and representation of the Swiss Alps in my own unique style. 

I studied Visual Art at DeMontfort University, UK. . In 2013, I started my own teaching and design business, Simply Paint. In addition, I regularly hold painting workshops with adults and children in the area of Zug and in the mountains, for example, an outdoor workshop for women in the mountains of Lugano, hosted by Swiss Tourism. If time allows for it besides my daily commission work I also create artwork for donations to charity auctions like 4 pawns or room to read. I exhibit my work regularly in Switzerland and in 2016 as well as in 2021 I was selected for the prestigious Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London".

Current Exhibitions


London, UK
22 September 2021 - 2 January 2022


Kanton Zug, Switzerland
Through December 2021


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


Me in 1987 Foundation art Mid-Cheshire College UK


Painting in my studio.

Art Qualifications

Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), in Visual Art from De Montfort, Leicester, UK and an HNC in multimedia. Joanne exhibits her work regularly in Switzerland, and in 2016 and 2021, her paintings were selected for the prestigious juried, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London. Joanne’s work has also been exhibited in Bromer Art Collection.

  • 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.


  • 2013  Founder of  Simply Paint, 

  • 2015  Bergwasser, Bromer Art Collection, CH

  • 2016  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London UK

  • 2021  Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London UK

Past Exhibitions


Sept 2021 - 2nd Jan 2022, The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition London

Jan - Sept 2021 Local exhibition for Migros in Golf Zentrum Holzhausern



Sept - October 2019 Atelier Galerie. Baden. Group exhibition.

May - October 2019 La Paletta, Flims. Group exhibition.

Jan - Feb 2019 Galerie Karouzou, Zurich. Group exhibition Energy.



September - October 2018 Gemeindezentrum Volketswil

July - September 2018 Raiffeisen Bank, Meilen

March 2018, Art Group Zug, Altstadthalle, Zug

January 2018, 30 Jahre GSBM, Kornschütte Luzern 



November 2017, Villa Meier-Severini, Zollikerstrasse 86, Zollikon, Zurich

November 2017, Leichtigkeit, Altstadthalle, Zug

August 2017, GSBM, Galerie KSU,  Stadthaus, 3800 Unterseen



June - August 2016, The Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition London

March -April 2016, Der Gipfel, Seefeld, Zurich

Jan - April 2016, British Embassy, Bern



July - September 2015, Bergwasser, Bromer Art Collection, 

June - July 2015, Swiss Landscapes, INA Dederer Gallery, Zurich


2014 and earlier

November 2014, StafArt14, Stäfa, Zurich, Switzerland

November 2013, Drawing Exhibition, Lausanne, Switzerland

September 2013, Gipfelwelten, Grindelwald, Switzerland,

February 2013, Solo Ascents, AWC, Zurich.

March - April 2012, Alpenstein, Appenzell, Switzerland,

September 2011, Meilen Kreativ, Meilen, Switzerland.

1993, Final 3rd Degree Exhibition De Montfort University Leicester, UK

Product Designs

The design side of the business is growing.  I have recently designed my first podcast cover, more news to follow, and links. Towards the end of last year, I had the pleasure to work with an amazing group of ladies to produce my designs on cotton shoppers. A limited edition was produced and they have now traveled across the world to new places.

My design products can be purchased at:

Something Different

Hauptstrasse 7, 6313 Menzingen,


My Studio and Gallery

I have been lucky enough to rent a small room in my apartment building which allows me to establish my first personal gallery and also allows me to showcase my products directly to the customer.

Contact me to book an appointment to visit my studio. 



I have the privilege to be asked to work alongside Aurora Events, which hosts exciting getaways within the Swiss Alps.  I provide my knowledge, experience, and guide you through the techniques of landscape painting. The next event takes place on the 13th June 2021, at the top of the San Salvatore, in Lugano.

For further information please follow the visit


Charitable Work

In my profession as a painter, I have contributed to the following organisations and charities. 


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