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Ever since she can remember Joan has been telling stories with images and through the medium of dance. As a child, when she wasn't dancing, she was obsessed with drawing the human body in motion. As long as she could move or manipulate figures visually, she felt fulfilled. Such were the happy days of her childhood spent with her dancing shoes on or her pencil in hand. Paper dolls and ColorForms also figured into her approach as a visual artist and she lived in a fantasy world of her own making. 

Joan spent many years training to be a ballerina. This aspiration lead to a full scholarship and apprenticeship with Boston Ballet at the age of sixteen. Over the ensuing years, Joan toured and performed professionally and taught ballet and modern dance to children and adults mostly in Maine, but due to injuries, Joan gradually made visual art her focus.  

Joan obtained a BFA from the University of Southern Maine. A self-taught digital artist, she acquired Adobe Photoshop in 2008 and has been building composites and perfecting digital techniques ever since. She uses a 21.5" iMac and Wacom Intuos 4 Pen Tablet, a Sony 8 Alpha 850 digital camera and an iPhone 6s. She prints her work on an Epson 4880 large format printer.  

Joan's fine art prints have displayed in Maine, New York, Massachusetts and Vermont and at the Primo Piano Livin’ Gallery in Lecce, Italy, published in Maine Art Scene Magazine and Escape Into Life Journal, Still Point Arts Quarterly (award for best in show for her portfolio in 2016) and Shadow and Light Magazines. She was a featured artist on and her work appeared as the cover art for Osteopathic Biodynamic Methods (Castle of Marvels, 2013) and Shantic, from Austria, a CD compilation and book (Transmutation, 2015). Joan has illustrated for Maine books hear if you dare, Heart Songs and Other Legacies and Space Heart, A Memoir In Stages (by Linda Buckmaster). She designs graphics for local venues such as Women's Works Contemporary Dance and is currently being represented by Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul Gallery in Belfast, Maine.



2016                    Best in Show, Portfolio, Still Point Arts Gallery, Still Point Arts Quarterly Winter Edition

                            Shadow and Light Magazine (PDF Photography Publication) 

2015                    Cover Art, Shantic, Shamanic Trance Music, CD and Book by Tatjana Branoff and Bernd Bechtloff, Austria          

2014                    Cover Art , Biodynamics of Osteopathy, Phase Nine by James Jealous D.O., Tames Prepress

2013                     Cover, TimWorld Dhoom CD, Goat River Productions

2013                     Belfast, Maine’s Ninth Poetry Festival Banner image, Bird Brain, ‘13

2009                    hear if you dare, Poetry and Art by Lauren Murray and Joan ProudmanIlluminated Sea Press

2006                    Cover Art, Heart Songs and Other Legacies, Linda Buckmaster, Illuminated Sea Press

2004                    Article about my work with Photo by Judson Merrill in The Phoenix, Portland, ME

2003                    Cover Art Off the Coast Poetry Magazine, Bristol, Maine



2015                  Waterfall Arts Clifford Gallery, Belfast, ME   Fermentation Show 

                           Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME     Spring Show

                           Featured artist, InspireFirst Online Journal

2014                   Limner Gallery (Slow Art Magazine), Hudson, MA 

                           Strange Figurations

                           Featured artist, Escape Into Life Online Journal

                           Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME     Holiday Show

2013                   Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME     Heart

2012                   Primo Piano Livin Gallery, Lecce Italy

                           Gaia Celestial Fragments

                            Featured artist on

2011                    Aarhus Gallery, Botany of Desire

                                                     Radius Show

                            Statewide Juried Virtual Showcase Artist

2010                   Blue Marble Gallery, Waterville, ME

                           The River Gallery, Damariscotta, ME

                           William Ryan Gallery, Belfast, ME


2015                   Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast, ME Light in My Soul  

2012                   Betts Gallery, Belfast, MESeeing Through

                           Kramer Gallery, Belfast, METhirteen Stories

2008                 The Gallery at Wren, Bethlehem, VTSeeing Through

2005                 Coffee By Design, Portland, ME Inner Sky

2003                 Lottie Ta Da Gallery, Hudson, MAArchetypes  



1984      University of Southern Maine, BFA

              Franconia College, Franconia, NH

              Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA


1992-97Goldsmith, Thomas Michaels Designers, William Richie Designs, Camden, ME

1991-92Production Staff, Wooden ‘Americana’ Objects, Kevin White Designs, Hope,  ME

1980-85Hand-Painter, Heritage Metal Craft, Windham, ME

1983-85Pottery Glazer, Andersen Design        

1996 – 2012 Dancer, Stella Dance Theatre and Women’s Works, Belfast, ME
1973 – 1996 Member, Boston Ballet Company, Chicago Lyric Opera Company, Ram Island Dance Company, Portland Ballet Company (Portland, ME)


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