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Joanna has lived in Arizona most of her life, she has also lived in San Diego and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was exposed to the arts by her artist mother, who later became founder of the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS) in late 1980.

After her children started school, Joanna pursued art attending Phoenix College; Arizona School of Art; Kachina School of Art; classes and workshops by well known and nationally recognized artists.

Although Joanna began painting in oil around 1980, her interest in watercolors developed while “plein air” painting. Watercolors were exciting and challenging, blending differently from other media creating a spontaneous effect.

After retirement she and her husband traveled extensively every summer in their RV. For over twelve years, she painted along the way as they went across the United States and Canada. Joanna found her passion for the southwest with its bright light, vibrant colors and textures that she attempts to capture in this contrasting environment.

As a juried member of both the Sedona Arts Center (SAC) and the Northern Arizona Watercolor Society (NAWS), she has twice received Best of Show as well as several Juror and First Place Awards in the Annual Juried Members Exhibitions. Over the years, her paintings have consistently won top honors in statewide and regional exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited in Scottsdale, Seattle and San Diego Galleries and is represented in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Canada.

Currently her work may be seen in the Fine Art Gallery at the Sedona Arts Center.