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 chose a number of abstract instructors along the way.
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.