Joan Fullerton grew up on the vast, slow-paced plains of eastern Wyoming. While raising 3 children, she studied watercolor with Edgar Whitney, Frank Webb, Charles Reid, and many other nationally known watercolorists. In 1985, she returned to college and achieved BFA and MFA degrees in painting from the University of Wyoming. She was a college art instructor at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyoming from 1990 to 2003. In 2003, she made the leap of faith to relocate and paint full-time in Taos, New Mexico. During her 8 years in Taos, Fullerton made her mark and established her reputation as a well-known and respected artist and teacher. A recent move to south Denver, she is now hosting workshops in her studio and teaching across the nation.
Visitors to the Fullerton Studio are amazed at her proficiency across many subjects, media, and styles. Her compositions often reflect the influence of an Italian sabbatical in 1999 and an excursion to Morocco in 2003.
Joan Fullerton’s work has been in galleries, juried shows, and museums since the early 70s, and she has shown internationally in Italy and Japan. Her work is published in Open Studios Press 2010, and Visual Journeys, Art of the 21st Century. She is featured in Spring 2017 Acrylic Artist Magazine, and is both included in and the cover artist for The New Edition of the Encyclopedia of Acrylic Painting Techniques by Hazel Harrison.
Joan Fullerton has instructed all levels of experience and ages of painters. Students in Fullerton’s classes thrive in the atmosphere of her informative and relaxed classes. It is her belief that people are open to learning and creativity when they are having fun. Joan is adept at demonstrating a multitude of techniques. Beginning students will find encouragement and confidence, while more advanced students will benefit from her insightful solutions to their creative challenges.
“Fullerton’s enticing teaching style has charmed and inspired painting students in college classes and in workshops across the nation. Her diversity of style and use of media attracts both collectors and curators who have honored Fullerton with one-person shows in the United States, Italy, and Japan.” ~Dr. Nancy Stewart, founder of the Taos National Society of Watercolorists