Originally from England, Joanne studied textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with a BA (Honours) in textile design. She went on to teach art in high school, and opened a market garden in the Welsh Hills, selling fresh cut flowers and plants.
She remembers sitting in the studio one day when a colleague told her that they could see her living in a house on a hill with a bunch of kids. At that point in her life she never dreamed it would be in Canada. Now married and living on a hilltop with an ever-changing view of the beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, her four boys are growing like weeds.
Joanne loves her garden and the ocean. Both influence her paintings. From a small studio above her garage, she escapes the noise of the busy home to explore the colours and shapes around her.
She’s excited to once again pick up a paintbrush and work with acrylics and collage. This collection of paintings began with a trip to Burntcoat Head, with its burnt umbers, iridescent blue-greys and greens, where the red tree topped cliffs fall away into the changing tides of the Bay of Fundy to reveal, and then hide, the ocean floor.
At home in St. Margaret’s Bay, the sky meets the ocean with no beginning or end, and is framed by the garden where the flowers burst open from the long Canadian winter into full bloom.
Joanne’s paintings are a personal journey through the brilliant colours and sights of Nova Scotia’s summers, remarkable for warm seas, endless sun, and fascinating harvest of flowers and food!