Joan Marie's art has an inspirational beauty within her work. It is ethereal and mysterious, while at the same time earthy and real. Her lines appear fluid and soft. One is aware she has a message to share.
The inspirational moment that created Joan Marie's artistic life happened as a student when she stood awe-struck under Michelangelo's Sistine Ceiling. “If art can be that powerful, I have to be a part of it.” From that moment on she has been driven to achieve the goal for her art, to uplift, to soar, and to express the truth of life as she experiences it.
Her art is a reflection of the progression her life has taken, spiritual lessons she has learned that give her life fulfillment and exhilaration.
She received a classical fine art education, receiving her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and her MFA from Lindenwood University, in St. Louis, Missouri, and University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.
St. Louis is her home again. With the same exuberant vision in her heart, she spent formative years in Brooksville and Tampa, Florida. This led to a life-changing spiritual connection in Sedona, Arizona, adding the mystical quality to her artwork. Her years in Sedona were followed by the high energy of Los Angeles, then returning home where she passionately fills her canvases with the fullness of life as she experiences it.