Joan is a native Vermonter with a lifelong appreciation for small town community life and the natural settings that come with living in New England. She divides her creative time between Maine and Vermont, and her love and appreciation of these settings is depicted in her watercolor scenes. Joan is known for her vivid use of transparent watercolor, especially evident in her paintings of autumn leaves, lighthouses, and Vermont scenes.
Joan studied oil painting in Tacoma, Washington and graphic art at The Community College of Vermont. She worked in graphic design for a printing company for five years and free-lanced as a graphic artist. Joan is passionate about watercolor. Her primary education in this medium has been through workshops and disciplined practice. She has studied with contemporary artists, Tony Couch, Skip Lawrence, Tom Lynch, Eric Weigardt, Robert Burridge, Jeannie Carbonetti, Peter Huntoon, Robert J. O’Brien, and Mary Alice Braukman.
Joan is a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. She exhibits at the Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center in Burlington, Vermont and The Brandon Artists Guild in Brandon, Vermont. She is an active member of the Display Committee at The Brandon Artists Guild and was a gallery assistant at The Frog Hollow Craft Center in Middlebury for three years. Joan has taught private & group lessons, adult classes at Frog Hollow, and student watercolor lessons through the “SOAR” after school arts enrichments program.