Joan grew up in British Columbia, married, then moved to Saskatchewan where she lived the transient life of a working cowboy’s wife. Eventually, she and her family settled in British Columbia were they raised roping cattle and donkeys, trained horses and competed in rodeo events throughout the western states and provinces. They were active in the B.C. High School Rodeo Association, and travelled the circuit for four years with their two children. Over the years they met many colourful people and experienced a way of life that was exciting, addictive and sometimes dangerous. She enjoys sharing their adventures through her art.
Originally an oil painter, Joan attended a weekend sculpting workshop and discovered a medium that would bring an exciting dimension to her art. Many if her pieces are inspired by her own experiences and the authenticity and lifelike quality of her work captivates the imagination. Wildlife and anything western, dominates her subject matter.
Joan’s work has been juried into many art shows including the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Empire 100, Mountain Oyster Club, American Plains Artists, Bosque Art Classic, Loveland International Sculpture Festival, Breckenridge Fine Arts show, Jay Contway Show during Charlie Russel Exhibition in Great Falls, MT. and the Calgary Stampede Art Auction and Western Art Gallery.