My Professional Training
Now set on the course of having an artistic career, I first chose to study at Bournemouth and Poole College of art and design studying Natural History Illustration, where I gained a B.T.E.C in Illustration. I continued with a degree in Scientific and Medical Illustration at Middlesex University where I gained a BA (Hons). I took every opportunity to learn and use animals as drawing subjects, as well as studying the fascinating subject of human and animal anatomy. I also work as a medical artist and completed a post graduate course at the Royal College of Surgeons in London, with the Medical Artists' Association of Great Britain leading to being a Registered Medical Illustration Practitioner illustrating human and animal anatomy. You can see my medical illustration work here.
I work full time as a professional artist, I have a studio at home in Surrey, and I work here 6 days a week accompanied by my own animals.
Joanna with a Lipizzaner Horse in Slovenia
During my degree I worked extensively studying human anatomy, and continued to learn a great deal. Studying human anatomy also increased my skills in observation, as it is essential to also understand the anatomy of animals too, if they are to be painted successfully. Although the course focused on human anatomy, I did take the opportunity of being in London, to do portraits of more exotic animals. The primates at London Zoo were a particular favourite.
To help these endangered creatures, I would recommend to anyone to visit Monkey World in Wareham in Dorset, that undertakes excellent work in rescuing primates, and promoting their protection in the wild.