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Art critic David Betz has described Joan's work as a "sensual organic abstract painting," emphasizing her strong connection to nature and her focus on the inherent design of natural elements. In her series "Earth Objects," she incorporates organic materials such as twigs, leaves, and pods that she finds on local hiking trails. Her recent work introduces a new element, combining ceramic animals with these natural objects to contrast man-made and natural forms.

Joan is also known for her direct painting and Alla prima techniques, highlighting her focus on capturing the energy and immediacy of the artistic process. This technique allows for direct and spontaneous interaction with the canvas, capturing the moment's essence.

In her earlier "Earth Objects" series, Joan developed a process called "image archaeology™." This technique involves digitally manipulating and physically applying materials to uncover the underlying 'skeletal essence' of the natural objects she collects. This method of revealing hidden layers within the paintings has become a key part of her artistic identity.

"Image archaeology™" involves a continuous search for a balance between the subject and its background. Joan achieves this through strategic paint application and thoughtful projection, fostering a dialogue beyond the canvas. The result is not merely a painting but an energy exchange between the artist and the artwork, reflecting the essence of nature, her process, and her connection to the art.

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