I am fascinated with subtext -- Reading between the lines -- Tuning in to the unspoken. Mine are portraits of imagined selves, damaged, passionate, and hidden selves. Expressions captured of a moment thought private, unobserved, before the retreat-- before the walls go back up. Guided by past Masters, passionate in their revelation of the human condition, I seek out the souls that populate their paintings--The complex expressions, hidden agendas, and faces stripped of artifice, laid bare by ecstasy. Lifting them out of their place and time I take them as my models. I listen carefully and translate. Your eyes meet theirs -- Something is familiar -- you connect, and across the centuries spirits speak.


The paintings are created entirely by brush on heavyweight muslin (chosen for its unobtrusive weave) in casein, a paint derived from milk or soy protein which was used widely by artists in earlier times but which is not often seen today. Though it has similarities to both watercolor and gouache, it is more durable than either and has neither the transparency of the one nor the chalkiness of the other. I apply the paint in thin layers, building visual depth without thickness of paint, and the result is a luminous, matte finish that appears to glow from within. Because the paint is applied thinly, there is no thickness of paint to crack or chip even when these large paintings are removed from their frames and rolled for shipping or storage.


Johniene Papandreas transformed a design career in the New York theatre into a business designing Corporate Theatre and Events before returning to fine art. Her travels in the heightened world of theatre and sometimes surreal world of Corporate America contribute largely to the insights into human nature she explores in her work.


Ms. Papandreas has paintings and commissions in numerous private national and international collections.