Photo by  Mark Klotz

Photo by Mark Klotz


Joanne’s a figurative, expressive artist who loves colour and line, the play of light and shadows, and the negative shapes that frame and hold our bodies. She’s inspired by the infinite beauty of nature, water and the human form and strives to capture movement, express energy and convey the mood of the moment.

Joanne studied art and textile design at school, and after graduating followed with the Studio Arts program at Capilano College. She continues to explore and broaden her education through art courses, workshops and regularly attends life drawing sessions where she enjoys the practice and challenge of drawing the figure.

Her love for drawing stems back to her childhood. It was a means to express her inner most feelings. In art classes she learned the joy of creating and experimented with a variety of art materials and surfaces. Joanne discovered she’s not fixed to any particular medium, believing the concept incites the appropriate medium to engender form/shape the concept.

Joanne’s developing series of Swimmers depicts a combination of her love of water and swimming and the fascination of distortions of the body when seen through water either buoyant, deep below the surface or breaking it, each capturing the sensation and mood of the swimmer interacting with the element.

Originally from South Africa, Joanne has made Vancouver her home. Her love of beaches and the ocean continues in the northern hemisphere, where the Pacific Northwest forests and rivers meet the Salish Sea. Her Pacific Northwest Coast series is an on-going study of coastal scenes along the shores of Vancouver and the Gulf Islands, with driftwood and pebbled beaches, island bluffs, dry summer grasses, beautifully distinct Arbutus trees reaching out over the sea, and kelp swaying in the tides.




2018 – Venus Rising: Drawings and Paintings, Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre, North Vancouver

2018 – North Shore Art Crawl, Welch Street Studios, North Vancouver

2017 – North Shore Art Crawl, 195 Pemberton Studios, North Vancouver

2017 – Simply Drawing Annual Show, Simply Drawing Life Drawing

2016 – North Shore Art Crawl, 195 Pemberton Studios, North Vancouver

2016 – Simply Drawing Annual Show, Simply Drawing Life Drawing

2016 – FANS Grant Recipient for Artistic Production (Funds for the Arts on the North Shore) 

2015 – Harmony + Discord: Group Exhibition, Harmony Arts Festival juried group outdoor show

2015 – Whistler ArtWalk, Whistler Arts Council juried summer event

2015 – Simply Drawing Annual Show, Simply Drawing Life Drawing

2015 – From Here to There, a Progression in Art, Whistler Arts Council juried group show

2012 – North Shore Art Crawl, 195 Pemberton Studios, North Vancouver

2011 – North Shore Art Crawl, 195 Pemberton Studios, North Vancouver

2011 – A Touch of Paris, Open House at 195 Pemberton Studios, North Vancouver

2010 – Anonymous Show, North Vancouver Arts Council’s lightly juried annual fundraiser

2008 – Moss Street Paint-In, Art Gallery of Victoria’s juried annual outdoor event

2008 – Hot One Inch Action, one-night juried show of Button Art, Vancouver

2003 – Pintura, OpenAir Gallery & Studio, Vancouver

2003 – Pintura, Artist in Residence, Vancouver

2000 – Fire Hall Theatre, Vancouver

1994 – Grad Show, Capilano College, Vancouver



Cover illustration – Pique Newsmagazine, 12 May, 2005

Figure Drawings – The Lyre, Volume 10, 1994; Capilano College’s journal of contemporary literature and arts



Painting the Figure & Portrait, with Justin Ogilvie, Whistler Art on the Lake Worksho 

Expressive Acrylics, with Suzanne Norscott, Whistler Art on the Lake Workshop

Drawing, Mixed Media Painting Techniques & Textile Printing, Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Vancouver

Basic Photography, Langara College, Vancouver



1989 – Graduated High School, Fish Hoek Senior High, Cape Town
(Art subject through all schooling & 2nd art subject off-site 1988-89, Textile Design, Frank Joubert Art Centre)

1994 – Studio Art Diploma, Capilano College, Vancouver

1991 – 1st Year Foundation & Textile Design, Ruth Prowse Art School, Cape Town, South Africa