Joan has been an art teacher at various schools in the Warracknabeal area since 1973. From 2008 onwards, she attended what was the University of Ballarat, and now Federation University, where she studied painting with Ewen Ross.
She is now part of a group of artists, all previous Fed Uni students, who meet weekly at the studios. She has specialised in brightly coloured, large, contemporary, non-representational acrylics on canvas. My bat design has my usual bright colours, symbols and shapes. I’ve used acrylic paints, fluoro paint also, with paint pens for the finer details. Some shapes emulate the cricketing essentials such as the green grassy oval, cricket balls, the boundary fence, ect. The bright colours refer to the fun side of cricket. I was the art teacher at a special needs school before I retired, so I have had lots of interaction with kids that have special needs. I thought the project sounded great, so was pleased to be included.