Joan Wolbier was born in Buffalo, NY, but spent most of her childhood in Germany. She returned to the United States to attend the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She chose a career in the arts working in both the fine and commercial worlds. As a graphic designer, she worked on staff as art director at the Smithsonian Institution and freelancer for the National Graphic Society.
During her career, she studied figure drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and book arts. In the early 1990’s she began painting with watercolors and fell in love with the medium. In 2005 her family moved to Boulder, Colorado where she loves to paint the Western landscape, but continues to express herself in a variety of media including artist books, altered books, and prints. She has taught classes and workshops in watercolor painting, drawing, and book arts.
In 2022, Joan published a book of her paintings titled Painting Colorado: A Watercolor Journal. For more information about the book and to view sample pages, go to Publications.