About the Artist
Joan is a self-taught prolific artist who spends her time creating and selling art between the California bay area, Phoenix, and Sante Fe.
Joan’s artistic roots first started to blossom back in her home state of Ohio, where she nurtured her passion for art as a watercolorist. Both Diane Boldman and Fred Lynch, two well known Ohio watercolorists, were her mentors there. She was able to find personal enrichment as her artistic skills grew by teaching art to children and sharing the product of her talents with others on commission basis.
She moved to Santa Barbara in 1994 as she added another passion to her life, raising her two daughters. She was still able to further enrich her passion for art as she “snuck away” whenever she could to learn from a trove of fellow artists in Ojai and throughout Santa Barbara. With access to such a wealth of artistic mentoring, she enriched her artistic repertoire by involving herself in acrylic, oil, mosaic, and encaustic medium.
With each of her children now pursuing their own passions, Joan has been able to dedicate herself again to her love of art, challenging herself always with new techniques and medium under supportive glances of her husband, John, and border collie/full -time art critic, Jane Austin. She now dedicates much of her time to creating original art for any business or lifestyle space that can be purchased online.
She feels blessed to be able to spend time in between the bay area Phoenix and Sante Fe experiencing the rich cultural art scenes unique to these areas.
“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give it away.”