Joan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in art from the University of Illinois, where she began painting in watercolors under Edward Betts and also began oil painting. Then she took drawing classes at the Art Institute of Chicago and later studied figure drawing at the American Academy of Art.
Joan studied traditional art for six years in the studio of the late California Art Club Artist Joanne Rossman, using charcoal, oils and watercolors. During this time she determined the purpose of her paintings: "I strive to portray the excitement and beauty that inspired me to create the work of art."
To brush up on watercolors for use in greeting cards, Joan enrolled in classes taught by Marsha Sorey, MA, who generously supported her students in their efforts to show and sell their paintings. This was a turning point, and painting--in oils or in watercolors--became a passion in Joan's life. She continues to learn more through self-study, by taking classes from notable artists and also by painting as often as possible.
Joan was active in the art community in Tustin and served as the Program Director and acting President of the Tustin Art League. During 2001 she helped the owner of Tustin House and Garden build an art element by directing the small inside gallery, as well as organizing and participating in outside events on the weekends and special occasions. While in Tustin she displayed her paintings at the Salon Gallery and in venues of the Tustin Art League.
Now living in Riverside, CA, she participates at local venues, such as the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Community Arts Association. She is a Charter Member of the Plein Air Artists of Riverside (PAAR), affiliated with the Riverside Art Museum. Joan was PAAR's Programs chair from its beginning in 2005 through August, 2009, and was also its Publicity Chair from from its beginning through August, 2007. She has also chaired or co-chaired some of its special events, including PAAR's annual "Au Naturel" plein air painting exhibition at RCAA from 2006-2009. Over the 2005 Labor Day weekend she participated in Idyllwild's Plein Air Art Festival, where her painting won a ribbon and was sold. She actively promoted and participated in PAAR's first Paint Out week, Oct. 30 to Nov. 6, 2005, and she was Co-Chair of PAAR's second Paint Out Week, Oct. 28 to Nov. 5, 2006.
She has continued to participate in many plein air events, including: the Redlands Centennial (Fall, 2007); Redlands Art Association/Redlands Conservancy Open Air in January, 2008 (Second Place), November, 2008 (2nd Place), 2009, 2010 and 2011 (3rd Place); the Ralph Love Plein Air Competition in June, 2008, and June 2011; Idyllwild's Plein Air Art Festival in 2008 (Honorable Mention), 2009,2010 and 2012; the June, 2011, Plein Air Competition in Hemet (3rd Place) and all of PAAR's nine Annual Paint Out Weeks (2005-2014) (2010-Quick Draw Best Use of Color Award and the 2014 Paint Out's 3rd Place and Quick Draw Honorable Mention).
Joan also participates in art shows that are not limited to plein air work. These include Redland Art Association Multi Media Mini Show 2009 (3rd place), 2010 and 2011 (Honorable Mention). She participates in many of the Corona Art Association shows and won 3rd place in the March, 2011, Maxine Peister Exhibition and 2nd place in the June, 2011, Spring Fling Exhibition. She had three paintings in the juried 2012 Summer ARTS at Dos Lagos gallery (Honorable Mention) and two paintings in the 2013 juried Summer ARTS. One of her paintings was selected for the juried San Diego Art Institute's 52nd International Exhibition (April 13- May 26, 2013).
As an Associate Artist of the California Art Club, Joan has participated in some of its opportunities, most notably some of the juried exhibitions in the historic Blinn House in Pasadena.
In the photo Joan is on location painting.