Joan McCandless was born in Washington, D.C., where her mother was an artist. Art was an integral part of Joan’s early life, creativity a part of her surroundings. Joan has lived in Wrightwood since 1988.

It was not until semi-retirement that Joan found the time to explore her artistic ability. Initially working in watercolor, Joan painted Native American & nature-inspired work. Pastel is her current medium of choice because of its vibrancy and playfulness. An avid hiker and traveler, being in wilderness has always grounded Joan. Most of her art is drawn from her nature photography and is often inspired by long-term friendships.