Joanne was born in South Africa, and has made Vancouver her home. Growing up in the Southern Hemisphere and moving to the Northern Hemisphere, with it’s switch of seasons, constellations, and light has informed her artwork. Her love of the ocean and coastline has continued on the Pacific Northwest by the Salish Sea, but her focus remains on the figure and drawing. In the tradition of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Bathers paintings, she paints swimmers — modern bathers — and nudes, subjects consistent throughout art history that still allow artists to express new attitudes towards the living form.

Joanne regularly attends life drawing sessions where she enjoys the practice and challenge of drawing the figure. She loves line and colour, the play of light and shadows, and the negative shapes that frame and hold our bodies.