About Joan Grabel

A native of Brooklyn, Joan studied painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York. One of her mentors was the Minimalist artist Robert Mangold, known for combining classical elements of composition – shape, line and color – to create abstract large-scale works. This had a profound impact on her artistic sensibility. Joan’s aesthetic is grounded in highly refined geometric shapes that invite the viewer to interpret their meaning. 

After moving to Los Angeles, where she painted and exhibited, she expanded the canvas to the landscape. Joan applied her sense of color and composition to landscape design, and over a 25-year career, created landscapes that reflect the same adherence to Minimalism that her works on paper and canvas embody, often using a single line to create movement and a single color to create mass.

Now living in northern New Mexico, Joan is inspired by the raw beauty of the rock formations, diverse landscapes and subtle and enticing colors. Influenced by Japanese aesthetics, she continues to explore the essence of form and the impact of color.

Joan holds a Bachelor of Science in Art Eduction from New York University, a Master of Arts in Art from California State University Los Angeles, and studied Landscape Architecture at the University of California Los Angeles. An award winning designer, published in numerous publications, Joan's portfolio can be seen on her landscape design website www.parkslopedesign.com