Joanelle Mulrain grew up on the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. She studied under painter Memphis Wood; potters Charlie Brown, Toshiko Takaezu, Marilyn Taylor, and Kaye Kaufmann; and watercolor artist Mun Quan. Following a penchant for archaeology and ancient history, she also studied the Mayan culture throughout Mexico. Her professional career started in retailing, continued for 20 years in healthcare marketing communications, then into politics while working for a U.S. Senator in Washington, DC. There her love of art and nature’s seasons flourished. She consulted for national and international artists, architects, and entertainers through Mulrain Resource Group. In DC, she residenced in a historic 1820 Federal home on P Street, NW, and worked with a friend to open a 12k-square-foot art gallery on M Street. Back in Jacksonville, one evening at dusk at the homestead (a U.S. Literary Site) of client, author and civil rights activist Stetson Kennedy on Lake Beluthahatchee, she photographed “Big Blue,” a wild great blue heron sitting on a cypress limb surrounded below by a million cattails. These dual images – the heron and cattails – inspired her and, subsequently, became her logo and signature image for Great Blue Heron Studios. Her paintings and photography offer a radiant palette of bold colors balanced in a spiritual and calming manner. Photograph essays include "The Little Monks of Bhutan" and "Zachariah Kingsley Plantation Suite." Her commune with nature is evident as she visually asks the viewer to participate with her in this journey through nature on canvas and paper and shares her deep understanding of the importance of sustaining our ecosystems and protecting and preserving our natural environment for generations to come. An adventurous spirit, Mulrain and her oldest son crewed the HMS Bounty tall ship from Jacksonville to South Street Seaport, New York; later they summited Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); and he recently reached Mount Everest Base Camp. She recently started a suite of paintings for her Florence Nightingale Exhibit at the Kerpeles Manuscript Library Museum Florence Nightingale and created The Nursing Inspiration Project™, a library of nursing stories The Nursing Inspiration Project™.

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