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28097 Goodview Drive
Lanesboro, MN 55949

Phone - (507) 467-2437
Fax - (507) 467-3583


Joan (Joni) Finnegan

Joni Finnegan has been teaching for more than 20 years. In the Lanesboro area she teaches private lessons in her home studio, small group classes on her property, and in downtown Lanesboro. She taught private lessons for years in Austin, MN and continues to travel and teach for the Art Center in Austin. She has worked with the Burnsville Homeschool program teaching children’s classes. And was one of Eagle Bluff’s Skills School’s first instructors.

Inspired by a deep appreciation and love of nature, Joni Finnegan’s oil paintings are drawn from the visual feasts that surround us.  Her wonderful command of color and light work well in painting “en plein air” with nature’s unpredictable conditions as well as in the protected environment of her home studio. Her current collection of work focuses on studies from nature revealing the softer side of the outdoor world inviting the viewer to step into her art and surrender themselves to that moment. The quiet peace of long hours alone spent creating her art are balanced with travel opportunities to incredible places and meeting fascinating new people through galleries, art exhibits and shows, and the rewarding delight in meeting collectors . She continues to expand her art through studies and workshops with painting masters as well as teaching workshops and giving private lessons.  Her award winning art has been published in magazines, newspapers and books. Her paintings are widely owned both privately and in the corporate setting. You can find her original paintings and reproductions thru