Joan Doerr was born in Glasgow, but now lives and works in Edinburgh. Joan’s work is abstract but the source material is often derived from her immediate surroundings – simply walking around the beautiful city of Edinburgh has given Joan countless creative ideas. She is fascinated as well by the visual impact of the elements on the environment – the weathering’s, surfaces and atmospheres are all part of her subject matter. She has also spent many hours drawing and observing plant forms at the Botanic garden and her interpretation of those images will frequently find their way into the paintings. Joan admires the spontaneity and unselfconscious creativity of young children’s drawings. Working intuitively and instinctively, often applying layers of paint and drawing until she is satisfied with the depth and atmosphere of the artwork.