the artist

 

A native of Brooklyn New York, Joan studied painting at the New York School of Visual Arts. One of Joan's mentors, Minimalist Robert Mangold, had a profound impact on her artistic sensibility. 

For over 25 years Joan has developed her signature large-scale abstract minimalist works. Inspired by the forms of the body, the California landscape, and adhering to her own reflection of Minimalism, Joan's work often uses a single line to create movement and a single color to create mass. These images can be seen in the portfolio Body and Earth Entwined. Her mediums include painting, pastel and photography, resulting in works on paper, canvas and metal.

After moving to Los Angeles, and now living in northern New Mexico, Joan continues to be inspired by the essence of nature and extraordinary images that she observes in New Mexico and in her travels. Additional inspiration is found in Japanese aesthetics, Buddhism and Native American cosmology and culture.

Joan's work explores the essence of form and the impact and interplay of color and light. Most recently Joan's art has been purchased for New Mexico Art in Public Places and will be installed in 2020. Selections from her Ephemeral Unending photography series were exhibited at SITE Santa Fe in 2019 and the Chelsea Ceres Gallery in New York City, December 2018. Other exhibitions of note include the David Stuart Gallery, where she was one of twelve female artists in the show The Dirty Dozen; the Contemporary California Artists Exhibition, at the Space Museum; and a solo exhibition at the Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA. 

Joan's creativity and appreciation of the human form and landscape extended her career from the realm of fine arts, to include landscape design. Her astute sense of color and composition channeled from canvas, into the land itself, has made her an award winning landscape designer, and given notoriety to her company Park Slope Design (parkslopedesign.com). Joan's landscape design projects have been featured on HGTV, the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and many other publications. She continues to work on selective projects in landscape design in New Mexico and California. 

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from (NYU) New York University, a Master of Arts in Art from (CSLA) California State University Los Angeles, and studied Landscape Architecture at (UCLA) University of California in Los Angeles.