Joan’s art training is impressive. After studies at San Meteo College, she attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, the McNulty Art Institute in Rockport, Massachusetts, the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia.
After retiring, she enjoyed world travel, and once visited Mother Theresa in India. Although she loved painting, she did not enjoy promoting herself as an artist. She did exhibit her works though, at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington D.C., the Four Arts in Palm Beach, and other exhibitions across the country in Sarasota, Atlanta, Birmingham, Wichita, and Pomona. There is also record of her exhibiting in the Los Angeles County Fair in 1936.