About Joan

Just a little about me, and my passion for photography

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After a long-time career as an Exceptional Needs Specialist, I have returned to my true passion as an artist and fine art photographer. Throughout all four years of high school, I studied figure drawing and painting at Chicago’s North Shore Art League under the mentorship of Carl E. Schwartz, a nationally recognized painter and printer.

I began my BA in Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and completed it at the University of Illinois. My training in figure drawing, painting, graphic art, and photography continues to influence the visual images I create. Paintings and photographs alike are expressed as conceptual, abstract, or uncategorized, and draw on cultural, and social matters.

Currently, I am completing the Focus on Photography: Fine Arts Certificate at the Chicago Botanic Garden, in Glencoe, IL, to explore my own artistic voice through photography. Recently, I have exhibited at the Art Center, Highland Park, IL. In September, a photo will be published in 2016 East on Central Literary Magazine, from Highland Park, IL, which is available at Art Center of Highland Park, City Woods, Princeton Frame and Art Gallery, Coldwell Banker Real Estate, and Trash and Treasures in Evanston, IL. Presently, I am working on an exhibit of my portfolio, Voices: Emerging From Darkness, with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Illinois Chapter.