Born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia, Joli Ayn Wood has been painting and creating since 2003, both in the studio and on location “en plein air.” Joli graduated from Westhampton College, University of Richmond, in 1991 with a BA degree in Art History and concentrations in Studio Art, Ancient Art, and Archaeology. During her time at Westhampton, she was fortunate to study under New York artist Ephraim Rubenstein, who emphasized the painting methods of the late Charles Hawthorne and the Cape Cod School.
Joli paints what inspires her - whether it be the mountain vistas and rural landscapes of Southwestern Virginia, the rugged coastlines of New England, the striking Desert Southwest, or the streets and scenes of the small town where she lives. She tells the story of places and people through vibrant colors, strong values, and lively brush strokes.
When not creating or teaching art, Joli champions fellow artists with deep involvement in local non-profit art organizations, creating opportunities for artists to exhibit and sell their work. Joli is a founding member of the Floyd Artisan Trail in Floyd, Virginia and has served on the boards of both the Giles Arts Council in Pearisburg, Virginia and, more recently, The Floyd Center for the Arts, also in Floyd. In 2017 she acted as Chairperson of the successful Floyd Plein Air Festival. Participating in various regional art shows, festivals, and fundraisers, and her paintings may be found on display at LinDor Arts in Roanoke, Virginia.