Born and raised in Alberta, Joan has had a life-long interest in the visual arts. In 1966 she moved with her husband to Vancouver Island and fell in love with natural beauty of British Columbia's west coast.
Although a teacher by profession, art has remained her passionate hobby. Following retirement she has had welcome time to pursue her painting. She paints with oils and acrylics, at times, but her preferred medium is watercolour which she feels best captures the soft hues and translucent light patterns so prevalent on Vancouver Island.
An active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists as well as several island arts associations, she is pleased to find growing recognition and demand for her paintings, prints and cards. She accepts commissions and her works are exhibited in galleries, shops and private homes throughout Vancouver Island and the Sunshine coast.