Joan was born in Guelph
and raised in Windsor, Ontario. An academic year spent in Leeds,
England began her interest in travel. Since then she has traveled
on six continents and visited more than 60 countries, taking
numerous photos along the way. She recently completed a trip
around the globe.
Joan moved to Sudbury, Ontario in 1974 to teach
secondary school after teaching two years in Africa.
Joan began her artistic endeavors in 2002 following
an early retirement from education in June the previous year.
She is a self-taught award winning artist, though she finds benefit
in attending a variety of workshops in the area. At this time,
she is pursuing a traditional approach to painting. Her preferred
subjects are portraits and figures, and landscapes of both the
North and of places on her recent travels. She works mainly in
oil and watercolour, though she has also done work in pastel,
acrylic and coloured pencil. She has paintings in private collections
in Canada, the United States and Europe. She is a member of the
Sudbury Art Club and the Sudbury Craft and Arts Foundation, and
has recently received active status in the Federation of Canadian
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