Joan has painted for pleasure all her life, taking opportunities to study and practice painting, design and sculpture through electives wherever she was studying, and during the many years she worked as a designer and planner in a large corporation.
Now she has been retired and living in the Cariboo for 20 years. There have been periods of great productivity and several private and group shows. The Cariboo landscape and her home on the side of the Fraser River are always an inspiration. Several series of realistic and whimsical figure studies have given her lots of pleasure. She is always revisiting and documenting past work, and searching for a new fun theme to explore.
Joan’s preferred medium is acrylic on canvas which she finds perfect for exploring many subjects, colours and textures with brush and knife and mixed media additions. She challenges herself try different subjects. Since taking life classes she searches out subjects that allow her to explore the female nude. The Cariboo landscape is now engraved on her brain and often takes over her canvas. The tropical landscape of Hawaii holidays sometimes appears. She even attempts portraits. The act of painting is always new and gives her great joy.