Joan Wolcott drew her way through high school, depicting the mammoth sunflower in drawing, linocut, silkscreen, and animation. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in graphic design. Moving to Boston, Joan worked in publishing, including stints as artist/designer at the Christian Science Monitor and book designer at the Christian Science Publishing Society, as well as freelance graphic design work.
Later, Joan returned to fine art to study printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art, and she illustrated two children’s books. She participated in group shows in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and had a solo show of her dye-painted Creation Scrolls in 2004. She’s completed over a dozen private commissions in Massachusetts. As an artist and illustrator, Joan has taught workshops for adults and children at New England art centers, museums, camps and schools. Joan and her husband opened their Waltham Mills studio in 2006, where she developed her drawing, working in graphite, colored pencil, and charcoal.
While working part-time as a designer in Boston, Joan mounted her second solo show, "Drawings", at the Lincoln Public Library Gallery in June 2013.