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Born 1967. Santa Clara, California


Joan studied traditional wet darkroom photography at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Wa. She lived on an island off the coast of Washington for 22 years, providing a remarkable community in which to raise her daughter and grow her skills as an artist. She balanced work between the service industry and freelancing. She mentored youth in photography at Spring Street International School between the years of 2008 to 2010 and developed her love for portraiture, shooting in this lush rural environment. It was here that she began her more personal exploration of environment and identity from a female perspective, through a biophilic lens.


She now lives and works in San Francisco, Ca.



Select Exhibition History :

2020- The 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers/Barcelona Spain/Self Portrait, Honorable Mention

2016- The Mini Click Photo Talks /Brighton Festival HOME

2011- The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards/Portraits and People Around the World (published as a book)

2009- The Illustrative Portrait/Concepia Gallery
Friday Harbor Washington, Solo Show

2008- Etherea-Lyrical Black and White Photography/Island Musuem of Art, Friday Harbor Washington

2005- Local Seven /Island Museum of Art, Friday Harbor Washington

2001- Beneath the Surface/6th Annual Juried Competition
Photographic Center Northwest - Chien-Chi Chang of Magnum Photos juror