Some form of art has always been a part of Joan's life. She draws from the cultures, climates, and environments in her travels throughout the United States and abroad. She has studied and worked in all media, with concentration over the years in oils and pastels. Painting offers constant experimentation with warm and cool values, tones, and plays of light to capture the mood and essence of a place and time. She works mainly in "naturescapes" (land, sea, and sky) and in florals. She delights in capturing beauty with a sense of peace.