Born in the West of Ireland, Co Mayo, Joan has always been fascinated by nature and the impact of the elements on natural phenomena. Now living in, the coastal region of Dublin Howth and Dollymount provides an ever-renewing source of inspiration and investigation against the backdrop of an ever-changing city. Water, sands, stones, vegetation are all a source of fascination and form part of an investigative journey, ever renewing itself.

Educated originally in the West of Ireland she studied in the National College of Art and Design 1968 – 1976 and University College Dublin 1970 – 1973. She joined The Black Church Printing Studio in 1993. For more information on Black Church Studios visit

She specializes in etching. Sometimes combining a variety of techniques e.g. carborundum, embossed paper, chiné colleé and photo etch, and gold leaf, to convey a sense of unfolding possibilities within an image.

Working in the Black Church Print Studio from 1993 she has exhibited nationally and internationally e.g.:

Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition; Taispeantas Ealaine An Oireachtas; Impression 2, Galway Arts Festival; COE ’97 Claremorris Open; Iontas Sligo; Mini print International, Barcelona; First Biennial International Juried Print Exhibition, Somers, New York; International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan, China; International Mini Print Exhibition, RHA, Ely Place, Dublin; Footprint International Print Exhibition 2008, Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk,USA.

Royal Ulster Academy, 2008. International contemporary Print Competition, Cornwall, UK, 2010, Footprints International, Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, 2nd Biennial 2010. Galway Mini Print, 2011, A4 Printmaker's Cornwall, 2012, Wexford Art's Centre, annual exhibition, 2012 . Sol Art, Dawson st. 2012, Seacourt Mini Print, Bangor, Co Down, 2014, Viking Exhibition, Clontarf 2014, Footprints, 2014, Newark, USA, Watercolour Society of Ireland, 2013 and 2014, Winter Exhibition The Waterford Healing Arts Trust 2014, 20\20 Print Exchange, Hot Bed Press, 2014. Seacourt International Open Submission Mini Print Biennial 2014\ 2016, 35th Mini Print International, Cadaques, Spain, 2015. Taller Galeria Fort, Fundacio Tharrats d'Art Grafic, Barcelona, Galerie L'Etang d'Art, Bages, France. 2016, Wingfield, Eye, Suffolk, UK.

Black Church Studio Exhibitions include: 

Guinness Hop Store, Solomon Gallery, Ashford Gallery, Ely Place, United Arts Club, Original Print Gallery, Riverrun Gallery, Limerick, Chris Doswell Gallery, Limerick, Tallaght Civic Centre, Ballinahinch, Butler Gallery, Kilkenny, Wexford Arts Club and Tinahealy Court House, The Salon Show, OPG. ,Milestones,OPW,St Stephen's Green. BOXiD, Round 11, Original Print Gallery, Curiosity Cabinet, Black Church Print Studio, 2010. Draw the Line, Monster Truck Gallery. HalfTone, Black Church/The Library Project, 2015.

Other Group Shows include:

Bank of Ireland, Ely Place; Waterfront Gallery, Sligo; John Adams Showrooms, St. Stephen's Green; Club an Muintoiri, Parnell Square, Dublin; St. Vincent's University Hospital. Beaumont Hospital Foundation; Dalkey Arts Gallery exhibition; Bridge Gallery; Microsoft Exhibition, Sandyford, Dublin; Boundless Print Festival, Easthorpe Gallery, Yorkshire, Margins Exhibition, OPW, St.Stephen's Green, Royal Ulster Academy 2008, Dalkey Castle Heritage Centre, National Print Museum, Beggars Bush.Watercolour Society of Ireland Dun Laoghaire 2009,  University of Limerick Watercolour Society of Ireland, Summer exhibition 2010, Annual Watercolour Exhibition 2011.,2012, Dun Laoghaire County Hall, 2013 2014./2015, Russell Gallery, Clare, 2015,Bryan S Nolan, Group Exhibition, Dun Laoghaire 2015.Annual Exhibition, Clontarf,2015.

Solo Exhibitions include:

Lambay House Howth Gallery; Cintra Studio Exhibition, Kinsealy; National Concert Hall Terrace exhibition, Dublin; Limerick County Golf Club; GPA House, Limerick, Red Stables Arts Centre, Mt. Prospect Ave National Print Museum ,Haddington Rd., two person show,Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, .Sol Art, Dawson St. two person show,2013.

Collections Include:

AIB Bank Collection, Computer Centre, Phoenix House; Finance Offices OPW; Garnish Island, Gresham Hotel Group, INTO Headquarters, Jury’s Hotel Group, Muckross House, Mater Private Hospital, Nova Scotia Bank, St. Lukes Hospital.