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 works. Inspired by 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. Her mediums include both painting and photography, resulting in works on paper, metal and canvas.

After moving to Los Angeles, and now living in northern New Mexico, Joan continues to be inspired by landscape - the vastness of sky, the raw beauty in rock formations, and differing light to create unique and vibrant color palettes. 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 of color and light. 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 showThe Dirty Dozen; the Contemporary California Artists Exhibition, at the Space Museum; and a solo exhibition at the Woman's Building, Los Angeles, CA. Most recently Joan's art has been purchased for New Mexico Art in Public Places and will be installed in 2020.

Joan's creativity and love of 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. Joan's landscape design projects have been featured in the Los Angeles Times and many other publications.  

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.