Joanna was born in Trinidad in 1957 and has been painting ever since she can remember. She learned to love the arts from an early age from her parents: John Humphrey, an architect and politician, and Helen, a costume designer, whose home was a hub of artistic and political activity.
After attending Bishop's High school in Trinidad, Joanna was formally trained at the Laguna Beach School of Art in California. Upon returning to Trinidad she was awarded a scholarship by the Field Naturalists' Society to attend a Painting From Nature course under renowned bird illustrator, Arthur Singer at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in the heart of the rainforest.
She works in many different media including oils, watercolours and ceramics. Well known for her paintings of the rainforest, the island’s dramatic coastlines and its colonial buildings, she has also designed costumes for Carnival bands including Poison and Rosalind Gabriel. Many people will also remember her unique ceramic tile art created by Jada.
Her art has been exhibited internationally as part of the Trinidad & Tobago Through The Eyes Of The Artist tour. Collectors in America and Europe have acquired many of her paintings – including one which hangs in the Vatican.
Joanna’s artistic influences include the 19th century painter Michel Jean Cazabon. Her greatest inspiration, however, is derived from her love of nature, old architecture and the vibrant energies of light and colour.