Based in the heart of the vibrant Scottsdale, Arizona art scene, Joan has many influences woven into her work including time spent with artists in Ireland. Her contemporary paintings in acrylic and eco friendly oils, show and sell to individuals, interior designers, and public works. Her art has been described as abstract expressionism. She says, “I try to create a transference of a soul journey. Kiki umami...you can't really explain it, I hope it just makes you feel warm and good and it's all right.” She studied sculpture at Scottsdale Community College, drawing and painting at the Scottsdale Artists School, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Ohio State University.
Medium: Painting, Acrylic, Prints
Style: Contemporary, Abstract Expressionism, Modern Landscapes
Joan has gained the attention of local and international private collectors. Her current and planned exhibitions for 2019/2020 include Urban Ethos at the Olney Gallery in Phoenix, April 2019; the Mayo Clinic Loaned Artwork Program late 2019; and SWING, Fall 2020, a co-exhibition with photographer Elaine Kessler. Her other solo and group exhibitions include the Juried Artist SeeMe Digital Exhibition, The Louvre, Paris, France; the Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona; the Gallery on First, Phoenix, Arizona; the UN3 Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona; and the Sonoran Arts League Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour, Cave Creek, Arizona; Harumi Yoga+ Community Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Desert to Sea, her first international showing with co-exhibitor, and Irish artist Majella O’Neill Collins, in West Cork, Ireland. Joan has authored two books featuring her art, writing and photography: “Blue Rope,” and “Millennium Maiden.”
"I try to create a transference of a soul journey.
Kiki umami...you can't really explain it, I hope it just
makes you feel warm and good and it's all right.”
Joan’s painting is physical and messy. She paints like a sculptor, moving, adding, and scraping paint around the canvas. This technique results in striking contours made of heavy, opaque color and texture against thin, filmy transparency. She also makes many of her own brushes for effect, using feathers, ropes, wire, and other desert and beach findings. Joan compares her creative process to jumping off a cliff into an abyss, then floating in the adrenaline of the experience.
Joan served as a Chairman and Vice President of the Board of the Sonoran Arts League from 2011-2014. She also designed and taught a series of art sessions titled “Strength in Women,” from 2012-2013, for women housed in a Phoenix, Arizona based women’s shelter.
The Ohio State University
Sonoran Arts League
Prices vary by size. Prints available.