Joanna Goodman is an artist, psychoanalyst, and anthropologist based in Seattle Washington. She uses various artforms to express her ideas about impermanence and liminality. Like the writer who says they write to know what they think; she uses the creative process to know her psychic mind.

Her current work is informed by her affinity with the Surrealists, the Abstract Expressionists, the Spiritualist painters, and their interest in the unconscious. She has created a way of working with acrylic pouring techniques allowing projective visualization. Her methods incorporate meditative breathing techniques with the movement of her brush and arm resulting in a mind-body experience and fluid mark making. The resulting painted shapes and forms allow for projective image play stirring the imagination. The result is an emerging visual bricolage of preconscious and dreamlike imagery. As these images appear to her she paints and draws ideas into an existence thus beginning a narrative for the viewer to enter and create their own story.



Seattle Psychoanalytic Institute
Group Exhibitions


Madison Park Art Walk, Seattle, WA


“Potential Space” The Alliance,
Seattle, WA

Studio Solo Show, 519 Main St. Studios.
Seattle, WA


“Antarctic Dreams- Lomography” Group Show First Thursday. Tashiro-Kaplan Studios. Seattle, WA

“Fiber Arts Self Portraits” Group Show First Thursday. Tashiro-Kaplan Studios. Seattle, WA


“Birds on my Mind”. Group Show First Thursday. Tashiro-Kaplan Studios. Seattle, WA


Group shows at Cornish College, Art Gallery. Seattle, WA

Selected art works in private collections: Chicago, Illinois/Jacksonville, Florida/New York, New York/ Pasadena, Ca. and Seattle, WA.


  • 2012 – 2015 | New Directions Psychoanalytic Writing Program. Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis.
  • 2013 | “Retreat with Frank O’Conner thru Gage Academy of Art, Seattle. The Art Students League, NY NY
  • 1995-2015 | Gage Academy of Art, Seattle, WA. Selected Classes
  • 1996-1999 | University of Washington Continuing Education in the Arts. Seattle, WA.
  • 1999 | Bachelor of Fine Arts. Cornish College of the Arts Seattle, WA.
  • 1991 | Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology
  • 1979 | Master of Social Work
  • 1976-1977 | Art Therapy Graduate Program. Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1976 | Bachelor of Arts. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
  • 1970-1972 | Texas A and I University. Kingsville, Texas


  • 2011 | Frye Art Museum “Psychoanalytic Presentation on work of Gabriel. Von Max” Seattle, WA
  • 2009-2015 | Seattle Psychoanalytic Arts Committee/Seattle, WA
  • 2002 | Cornish Art College Alumni Board/ Seattle, WA
  • 1996 | Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA