About the Artist & Black Gold® Prints

Limited Edition prints of oilfield paintings by JoAnn Cowans 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 now being published on this website.  It can be seen on the bottom toolbar above, (NEW).  2015 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of Marina del Rey. In honor of the event: paintings, stories, newspaper articles and unpublished color photos of the period will be added all year long.  This is a personal oddesy of the 60s.


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

Black Gold Prints

Landscape & Still Life Prints

Paintings & Prints From the 60s


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”