Her first solo show at the highly-regarded Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. From there she joined Gallery West in Alexandria, and in Washington, DC, Touchstone Gallery and the Mahler Gallery respectively. She has been a featured artist in Vero Beach Magazine, 32963 and various other local publications. She has received numerous prestigious awards locally, in Art By The Sea, Under The Oaks, and Backus Gallery ‘Best of the Best’ show She has shown her work internationally and is in collections across the country, in Europe and in Japan. Joan considers herself a ‘creative storyteller’. In her assemblages, she employs and juxtaposes found objects, broken pieces of antiques, older objects that carry a history, and representational objects to relate an idea. Her art is frequently spiritual, sometimes humorous, and often considered beautiful, but when carefully examined, one might discover an underlying deeper meaning.