Joan was born in Brisbane, Queensland. In 1975 she completed a recognised Fine Arts course at a NSW Technical College. Subsequently she returned to Brisbane and over the next 15-20 years qualified in Management Courses in The Care of the Handicapped; Welfare Skills and Welfare Resources in both the private and Govt. Sectors.
Joan has owned and operated several businesses. She studied for a Commerce Degree whilst working in her husband’s Public Accounting and Taxation Practice. The stock for Joan’s retail clothing outlets was supplied by her clothing manufacturing business. Her foundation in Fine Art and Graphic Design supported the task of Pattern Grading and Design to comply with Australian Industry Standards.
Len and Joan have had a number of Blue Ribbon Exhibitions with Jocelyn, Edward and Michele Gedge at Cootharaba Studio at Annerley. Jocelyn and Joan, Les Belles Art Directors have curated and exhibited in collectively 36 solo exhibitions. The many excursions the couple have enjoyed through camping in some of the remotest corridors in Australia reflect in the colour and form of Joan’s work which has been hung in Government Departments, Hospitals, private and overseas collections.
She and her husband Len, a warm glass artist, have just returned from Roma after mounting a major Exhibition of Visual Art and glass sculptures at the Roma on Bungil Gallery. The exhibition “The Essence of Australia from Desert to Sea” was opened by the Governor of Queensland Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC who thanked the couple for the decades of service to the visual arts in Queensland. Click here The Governor’s Speech. Joan has recently been accepted as a Professional Member of the National Association for the Visual Arts.