Joan was born in Washington D.C. in 1941 and her family moved to New York in 1946. Joan has studied with Mario Cooper at the Art Students League and received a scholarship and BFA from Pratt Institute in New York. She continued to explore abstract painting, working with and studying with Milton Resnick and Carl Holty. In 1967 she received her MFA from Brooklyn College. She was a founding member of the renowned Atlantic Gallery in New York, established in the 1970's and now located in Soho. Joan has spent the last 30 Summers on Monhegan Island in Maine and has shown her work with distinction at the Monhegan Artists Governor's Invitational in Augusta, Maine, with the Women Artists of Monhegan at the Roundtop Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine, and at the Lupine Gallery and other venues on Monhegan and the mainland. In Joan's own words, "Since my first visit to Monhegan in 1979, my time spent on this island greatly expanded as the need to be surrounded by the nature of the island became stronger. The Monhegan experiences created a shift from Color Field Painting to pursuing a more personal, unique art form."