I decided melding my love of both animals and art provided the greatest life fulfillment, and I decided to have my art "pay it forward" for the animals who inspire it.  In January, 2014, my first one-person show opened at the Lea County Museum in Lovington, New Mexico, and ran through March.  All of the proceeds from the sales of my paintings were donated to the Lea County Humane Society.  That year I also created a 2015 calendar of equine art, and all of the proceeds from the sales of the calendars were donated to a state-wide Equine Protection Fund to help horses, donkeys and mules in New Mexico.  Since I cannot personally rescue all of the animals in need (although my husband thinks I've done more than my fair share), I hope my art saves some additional lives that I am unable to save all on my own.

I am inspired daily by either my companion animals, wild animals or the livestock that surrounds me in southeast New Mexico.  I love studying the glow of light and the play of shadow on and around animals as they go about their daily business oblivious, or sometimes not so oblivious, to my study of them.   The peacefulness and joy that I experience in this daily observation of animals has resulted in my particular artistic style.  My interest and focus in my art is all about the animal subjects and not so much about their immediate surroundings.  Backgrounds in my paintings are therefore mostly nonexistent.  I also strive to capture through my art much more than the simple animal form.  My goal is to convey a glimpse into each animal's unique story and personality.  Living with and among animals adds a richness and completeness to my life beyond measure, and I try to communicate and celebrate this experience through my art.   


"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length." ~Robert Frost.  I truly hope my art  provides the viewer a sense of happiness, peacefulness and just being in the moment.    

My Biography

Joan of Art 

ARTIST'S Portfolio


Two of my greatest passions are animals and art, and happiness for me is a life filled with both.  I am a self-taught artist who has been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember.  I moved away from art completely for a brief time during law school and my beginning years as a practicing attorney.  Right around 2000, I began drawing again, and then in 2011, I started creating watercolors.  I have been doing mostly watercolors, with both traditional paints and watercolor pencils, since then.  In 2020, I will have been practicing law for 25 years, and I plan to retire from the law completely then and be a full-time artist.  I live in the southeast quadrant of the beautiful state of New Mexico, and currently my family of animals consists of seven dogs, three horses and four cats.