Joan’s original passion for horses led to her interest in art and she has never stopped to look back. Joan has an extensive CV chronicling 25 years of professional achievements which include international shows, awards and documentaries. However it is the present and future that hold her attention. Her recent ground breaking series of artworks honouring the RCMP Musical Ride has been used for exhibitions supporting non-profit organizations. This was followed by a series based on her trips to remote and restricted Sable Island to paint it most famous denizens, the wild horses. Next on her radar is a series of paintings based on “Life at the Race Track.”
Joan is a Senior member of the Federation of Canadian Artists (SFCA), a full member of the American Academy of Equine Artists (AAEA) and holds the Premier Pastelist designation with the Pastel Society of Canada (PPC).
Joan and her husband Paul Smith own and operate Creekside Studio from their acreage in the rural area of Coombs where they live with their family and assorted animals, including horses . . . which Joan states “are simply necessary.”