Joan Lord was an international PBS instructor, artist and author with more than 50 years of study and productive experience. Lord attended Boston School of Art, The Art Students League, SUNY of Albany, and Uffizi School of Art in Florence, Italy. She also studied with Helen Van Wyk of Rockport, MA, who taught the Rembrandt School of Painting. Lord and Van Wyk maintained a close relationship as friends and contemporaries up to Van Wyk’s passing. Lord’s innovative teaching and painting techniques showed a marked influence from the instruction, nurturing, and care she received from Van Wyk’s mentoring and friendship.
Lord was the founder and member of a local New York art group, as well as several out-of-state groups. She was the recipient of numerous art awards and served on juried International art and photography panels. Lord taught art at the prestigious upstate New York Union College and she was in high demand as a demonstrator, lecturer, and teacher for many top art organizations and schools.
Her influential style of painting and teaching earned an exhibition of 25 of her current students’ works at an educational facility in upstate New York. Lord felt the most important aspect of teaching was to see the progress and growth of each student and have them surpass their mentor. In Joan Lord’s words, “This is the greatest reward for being an effective teacher.”
Lord’s work became highly collectible during her lifetime and remains among many private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Lord’s work is currently shown at Cortile Gallery in Provincetown, MA .