Joan studied at the Medway Collage of Art and then worked in London at various studios. Following on from this, she studied four additional years in textile design. The strong influence of this period of study shows an influence in her work today. There is a convincing narrative visible in her work which keeps the viewer engaged. Joan started painting in oils about 15 years ago when she decided that it was the figure that interested her the most. She is now trying to combine the figure into a decorative abstract design.
Joan is a valued member of Molesey Art Society and leads workshops fairly often, sharing her knowledge with enthusiasm.