Joan Franchi

     I moved to Palm Coast from Stony Brook, Long Island, New York in 2000 with my husband, Peter.  I grew up on Long Island and developed a love for nature and the water.  I attended college at Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Landscape Design.

     I did drafting for a landscaping firm, but soon realized I didn't like being tied to a drafting table and indoors all day.  After a while I was out in the field going to different jobs, and loved it!  I eventually ended up with my own retail floral business for 16 years.  At that point, my husband was retiring and we ended up in Palm Coast.  We had visited Palm Coast some time ago on a vacation trip to see family and friends.  

     My love for color and nature brought me to art.  I started to take Adult Ed classes with Bill Shoemaker, and I have enjoyed colored pencil ever since.  I enjoy drawing landscapes; and enjoy drawing animals the most.  I like the details I can achieve with the pencils.