She was educated at the Plymouth College of Art from 1958 – 1963 and at the Bournemouth College of Art from 1963 to 1964 where she obtained an Art Teachers Diploma.

From 1964 – 1966 she taught in Buckinghamshire and in 1967 returned to Cornwall where she taught painting and printmaking at Penzance School of Art until 1984.

Joan is a member of the Cornwall Crafts Association.

Joan has been a regular exhibitor at the New Craftsman in St Ives, The Gallery at Trelissick and the Gallery at Trelowarren.

Joan has also exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Show, The Mall Gallery in London, The Society of Painters, sculptors and printmakers, the Royal West of England Academy, The Society of Women Artists, The Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and engravers,  the New English Art Club,  Three Spires Exhibition in Truro,  The Royal Institute of Watercolours, The Penwith Art Experience in Cruxhaven, and many other local galleries in the South West.

In May 2003 he showed at the “Out of the Blue Gallery” with five other artists.

He shows regularly at the Lighthouse Gallery in Penzance who hold regular exhibitions of his work, and at many other galleries in the South West and in London.