Joanne has held a strong passion for creativity through fine art and textiles from a very early age. This passion continues today with her use of soft pastels, oils, watercolour, weaving, sewing, and textile art. Joanne was born in London, UK, but she spent the first 20 years of her life in Montreal, Canada, where she studied fine art, fashion and textile design. She then returned to the UK to engage a successful career in fashion and textile design for over 15 years. For the past 22 years, Joanne has lived in glorious Queensland, Australia with her husband, two sons and many dogs. Here, she continues to paint, design and create, and also project manages a not-for-profit organisation which advocates women empowerment. She now also lives part of the year in Aquitaine, France, where much of her time is devoted to painting.
Joanne is a member of the Pastel Society of Australia Inc, Pastel Artists Canada, Association Pastel en Périgord, France, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast, USA.
She is also on the International Advisory Team of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), representing Australia.
Fall 2016 - Pastel Artists Canada Online Juried Exhibtion
Fall 2017 - Pastel Artists Canada Online Juried Exhibition
2018 - Pastel Society of the West Coast USA Online Juried Exhibition
2018 - The Old Fire Station Gallery, Redcliffe Qld Australia - 'Symphony in H2O'
2018 - The Checkerboard Gallery, Pullenvale Qld Australia
Fall 2018 - Pastel Artists Canada Online Juried Exhibition
2019 - Pastel Society of the West Coast USA Online Juried Exhibition
2019 - The Milk Factory Pop-Up Gallery, Bowral NSW Australia - "The Shape of Water"
Nov -Dec 2019 - China 5th International Pastel Exhibition
Nov 2019-Jan 2020 - Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery - 'Symphony in H2O'
Fall 2019 - Pastel Artists Canada Online Juried Exhibition
2020 - The Milk Factory Pop-Up Gallery, Bowral NSW Australia - "All Creatures Great and Small"
2018 - Pastel Society of Australia Annual Competition/Exhibition - First Prize Alexandra Award - Judged by Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Michael Hawker
2018 - The John Jeffery Memorial Award for service to the Pastel Society of Australia
December 2018 - granted Signature Pastellist Status - Pastel Artists Canada
Fall 2019 - Pastel Artists Canada's 7th Annual Online Members Juried Exhibition- 'Honorable Mention'