About the Artist & Black Gold® Prints

Limited Edition prints of oilfield paintings by JoAnn Cowans Artist/Historian are reproduced in the glowing color of Giclée. JoAnn is known internationally for her oilfield paintings. She is the only artist to have received Petroleum History Institutes prestigious “Keeper of the Flame Award’ for recording oil history.

Her Giclée are in many corporate, private and museum collections. She has worked with industry leaders in this advanced form of reproduction since 1995 and her prints are known for their quality.


JoAnn’s first book, Black Gold® The Artwork of JoAnn Cowans can be accessed above, (“Black Gold Art Book”).

 Her second book, The Marina Nobody Knows, is personal odyssey of the 60s. It was postponed for three years to work on the Hughes projects. After two years of researching background, searching her achieves for stories from her studio days in Playa del Rey and writing some of them, it is now on indefinite hold.  


Click a category image to see the prints in the category.

Black Gold Prints

Evening Brea Canyon ©

Landscape & Still Life Prints

Mimi’s Blue Bottle ©

Paintings & Prints From the 60s

Houses by The Lagoon © 1962


Brea   “Derricks After the Rain”

Announcement 2006

The Brea Olinda Oil Museum is using the image of “Derricks After the Rain for the Historic Museum and park trail signs. ” We believe this image perfectly conveys the unique beauty of the oil derricks and our region….It will be a wonderful addition to our upcoming project.”

Kathie De Robbio, Director.

wish you the best with the second printing of the book. All of my friends and colleagues here in London on the Dow Jones Newswires Energy Desk love your paintings!”

Leia Parker

Managing Editor

EMEA Energy & Commodities

Dow Jones Newswires

“By painting derricks in the 1960’s, JoAnn Cowans documented an important history when few if any of her generation thought to do so. With her canvas, paints, and easel (and later, her hard hat), JoAnn captured for posterity “oil Patch” scenes from the nation’s third-largest oil pro ducting state.”

Bruce Wells

Executive Director, American Oil & Gas Historical Society

From “Black Gold the artwork of JoAnn Cowans”

“There is an elegance to the gray tracery of the derricks–and a dignified power. The rolling ground and living fields, rife with colors of the season, are concentrated energy… JoAnn is an accomplished painter. But it takes more than skill to create the sort of brilliance one finds in her works such as Evening, Brea Canyon or her masterpiece, City of Light.”

Marla Lombard

Formerly with Old Master Paintings,

Assistant Vice President

Christie’s Fine Art Auctioneers, New York, NY

From “Black Gold the artwork of JoAnn Cowans”