Joan Hanley studied at the foot of the master Irving Shapiro, at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Since then, she has done extensive experimentation with watercolor. New York artist, Burton Silverman, also has had an influence on Hanley's style that is the logical outgrowth of a long and sometimes frustrating search for a personal way of using the watercolor medium.
Ms. Hanley comes from a family of three generations of artists and worked for many years in Chicago as an illustrator and painter. Joan Hanley has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Colorado Council for the Arts, to highlight a few. Ms. Hanley's career commenced with painting and evolved to include sculpture.
To quote Hanley, "Art has always been basic to my being. Now the freedom to move back and forth from painting to sculpture, that is from a fluid medium to the plastic arts, makes for an interesting contrast and has increased my enjoyment of both mediums."
Aside from solo-show and group shows, Joan Hanley's work hangs in many private and corporate collections nationwide.