Joan Zimmer has been a resident of Tumbler Ridge since 1983. She is a dedicated mom of six children, and has been married to her husband Bruce for 22 years. While growing up in Cranbrook BC, Joan began her interest in an art career. At eight years old drawing and painting had become her passion, and still is to this day. Spending much of her time learning all she could about different forms of art, and types of inspiration. Joan eventually attended a graphic arts design school in Nelson, BC. Joan continues to learn all she can, and says that she prefers to paint with oils. It is no wonder Joan is so talented, she comes form a family of artists; both her parents and many of her siblings are talented in different forms of art.

Joan teaches drawing and painting both privately and publicly in Tumbler Ridge. Her art is featured on the Sign Post, Parks Canada brochures, Charles Helm?s book, Tumbler Ridge Enjoying its History, Trails and Wilderness and many other places.

Joan has won two Peoples Choice Awards in regional juried art shows, and has just had her work on the Northern Dino Tour truck entered into the BC Palaeontological Alliance juried art show in Prince George.

She plans to keep painting and drawing, with the hopes that in the future her business will expand. For more information on the Northern Dino tour, catch our article coming out in the September 7th issue.