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Joan moved back to the Annapolis Valley in 1979 after spending a number of years in Ontario and now resides in Kentville. As an avid photographer with a love of nature she commenced to gather photos of rural Nova Scotia. It was only shortly thereafter that Joan was introduced to painting by way of a Continuing Ed class conducted by Ron Goodwin.
Sketching had always been her passion in the early years, however, painting then became a new venture and she hasn’t looked back since. All those wonderful photographs collected consequently became works of art. Heritage Barns, landscapes, and seascapes are high on the list of subject matter along with animal studies.
As a realist, Joan has been painting for some 30 years working in acrylic, watercolour, oil, coloured pencil, pen & ink and graphite. She is mainly self taught and has taken many workshops over the years with such artists as Louise Williams, Jean Hancock, Judy Cain, Ray Sanford, Wayne Boucher and Pat Lohrenz to name a few. Although a true realist she has also chosen a number of abstract instructors along the way.
Every August you will see Joan vigorously creating at Paint The Town in Annapolis Royal, NS, an event she has enjoyed for some 19 years. This is a fundraiser for ARCAC and a wonderful venue to meet new artists and mingle with long time acquaintances.
Joan’s paintings have been on exhibit at the Margaretsville Gallery every summer as well as annual spring and fall exhibits arranged by Evangeline Art Co-Op in Wolfville.
Joan has directed a lot of energy toward the Arts and finds the continual progress of her artwork and its involvement in the community very rewarding. She finds creating a very individual challenge and encourages everyone she meets to seek and develop their creative abilities.
Joan is currently President of the Artists’ Circle, Greenwood and a member of Evangeline Artists Co-Op, Wolfville. She has been Co-Chair of Alliance of Kings Artists several terms and as Past Chair managed the Castle Art Gallery, Upper Clements Park for 1998 and 1999.