Joan Portrait

I have always defined myself as a painter.
My interest in American landscape painting underpins my own abstract work, and it has been through abstraction that I have come to understand and appreciate American folk art, my other and simultaneous career. I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and art history.

  • 1970, BFA in Painting, Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • 1972, MA in Fine Art, Hunter College, City University of New York. Thesis on the development of atmospheric space in early landscape painting.
  • 1974, Post graduate work in Arts Administration, Harvard Business School
  • MFA, Boston, two stints working in the Department of Public Education under grant projects-one to set up a gallery used by groups as an intro area to the Museum, the other teaching docents how to talk about art in other than strictly art historical terms.
  • College teaching jobs in studio art and art history.
  • Director of a county arts council in NY State
  • Art reviewer for Worldwide Books, and other free lance writing on the arts. Publications include articles in THE MAGAZINE ANTIQUES ,  ANTIQUES AND FINE ARTS, and MODERN.
  • Working artist for over 40 years
  • Antiques dealer specializing in American folk paintings since 1980. The gallery, located in Newbury, MA., operates as a joint shop with my husband, American furniture dealer Peter Eaton.