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Joan Marie Giampa was born in Arlington, Virginia, in 1960. Since age five, Joan has painted from her authentic self. Her earliest memories are of standing before her painting easel in kindergarten and imagining life as a painter when she grew up. Five decades later, she still stands before her easel painting what is true to her heart.


During her formative years, playing in the wooded areas and creek beds surrounding the Potomac River basin, she grew to love the outdoors and nature. The Earth Object series reflects her deep love of nature and its vast design.  

Joan has exhibited her paintings throughout the Mid-Atlantic area, and her paintings reside in the United States and Europe. Her love of painting extends beyond the studio, as she eventually became an educator teaching fine art and visual communications with expertise in foundation design.

Joan also loves learning. She holds a B.F.A. in graphic design from James Madison University, an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Art from George Mason University with a research emphasis in Art education. Joan's dissertation, Sinking Maps: A Conceptual Tool for Visual Metaphor.


Joan is also a designer with UX/UI and graphic design expertise. She spent many years in the corporate sector as a user interface designer and product owner in healthcare marketing. Joan has a passion for creating complex pattern libraries for large software interfaces. She is now a full-time creative working on a new series of paintings, a book, and other long-term projects that keep her busy.

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