Joan is a Scottish artist who works from her attic studio at her home on the outskirts of Glasgow. Although given the opportunity to study at the Glasgow School of Art, she instead embarked on a career in local goverment.
Now in her thirties she has been making a living as an artist for the last four years.
Entirely self-taught, Joan has found much fame in her short career, including television and media coverage. During the first year, to her amazement, she was chosen as one of the five major prize winners in her first competition ever entered at ''The Smith Art Gallery & Museum'' in Stirling. The theme being the ''Brave Art'' competition, the story of William Wallace.
Joan`s paintings of a group brawny warriors awaiting battle is now part of the museum`s permanent collection.
Works in mixed shows in galleries in Glasgow and London quickly followed, with her light hearted paintings proving immensley popular with the puplic. Her last solo exhibition at ''The Nancy Smillie Gallery'' in Glasgow have been sell outs and due to popular demand she is currently working on a third scheduled for the fall of this year(2001).
Joan`s works are collected worldwide including the USA, Hong Kong & Singapore. Joan cuts through pretentions to embrace the humour of everyday life.
Her slightly caricatured larger, than life images have a human touch that brings a smile to the face of the viewer. Perhaps her love of meeting & chatting to the passer-by, explains her gift for catching the right expression, for capturing the perfect moment.