Joan Proudman Art



Joan has been telling stories with images and through the medium of dance all of her life. As a child, when she wasn't dancing, she was drawing and playing with her favorite toys, Paper dolls and ColorForms.   

Joan received a full scholarship followed by an apprenticeship with Boston Ballet at the age of sixteen. This led to touring and performing. Later came New Hampshire and Washington State colleges before settling in Maine and earning a BFA. Solo stints with Portland Ballet Company followed college, and a full time job with Ram Island Dance Company kept her busy for a few years. Eventually the demands and injuries of dance took their toll resulting in addiction issues. After some trying years--with the help of family and friends and visual art-- she secured a full recovery . A self-taught digital artist since 2008, Joan currently works as a free-lance artist and graphic designer and assemblage artist. Boxes and prints are on display at Leslie Curtis Designs in downtown Camden and at Quench, Belfast. Montage Inkjet-prints are currently being displayed at Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, a Healing Center, on Maine Street, Belfast. Joan lives with her husband, photographer, Johan Selmer-Larsen, in Freedom, Maine. 

Testimonials for Graphic Design:

I highly recommend Joan's graphic work. She brings her image mastery, visual skill and depth to our projects that always results in something creative, beautiful and effective. Joan's spiritual insights from her own journey in and through the soul realm add depth and dimension to everything she does.

~Michelle Walker, MA, Owner, Coyote Moon Boutique, Belfast, Maine

Joanie is a joy to work with! She considers my needs and artwork and synthesizes them into a well articulated flyer with purpose and beauty.

~ Kathryn Oliver, Painter and Film Maker

I have worked with Joan on two of my book covers and on promotional materials for myself and the Belfast Poetry Festival. She is easy to work with and her designs are always beautiful and on time.

~ Linda Buckmaster, Writer, Teacher and Author of SpaceHeart, A Memoir in Stages Published by Burrow Press



2019 Montage will be featured in Maine Arts Journal April issue “Sanctuary”

2018                     Cover Art Space Heart, A Memoir in Stages, Burrow Press, Florida

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

2016                     Shadow and Light Magazine (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 with Photo Inner Sky by Judson Merrill in The               Phoenix, Portland, ME

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



2018                  Maine Museum of Photographic Arts:  "Contemporary Portraiture"  Show

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-current      Evolve Sanctuary for the Soul, Belfast, ME  

2012                     Betts Gallery, Belfast, ME Seeing Through

                               Kramer Gallery, Belfast, ME Thirteen Stories

2008                     The Gallery at Wren, Bethlehem, VT Seeing Through

2005                     Coffee By Design, Portland, ME  Inner Sky

2003                     Lottie Ta Da Gallery, Hudson, MA Archetypes  



1984      University of Southern Maine, BFA

              Franconia College, Franconia, NH

              Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA


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

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

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

1983-85 Pottery Glazer, Andersen Design        

1996 – 2018  Dancer, Stella Dance Theatre and Women’s Works, Belfast, ME
1973 – 1996 Member, Boston Ballet Company, Ram Island Dance Company, Portland Ballet Company (Portland, ME)

Content Copyright 2013

Original planet files in New Moon courtesy of

Joan Proudman

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