Joan’s home and studio, Creekside Studio, are located on a scenic acreage in the Qualicum Beach area of Vancouver Island.
She has been awarded the following designations: “Premier Pastelist” (PPC, 2005), Pastel Society of Canada; “Associate Status” (AFCA, 2003), Federation of Canadian Artists; “Associate Status” (AAEA, 2002) American Academy of Equine Artists; and, Joan is a long time member of the Equine Art Guild.
Having received multiple awards, Joan has been recognized by the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Joan Larson has participated in numerous solo and gallery showings internationally. A few recent accomplishments include:


  • Mark Penney Gallery, Ucluelet, BC. Group Exhibition, preview “RCMP Musical Ride Series”
  • Olympic O-Zone, Richmond, BC. Artist in Action, preview “RCMP Musical Ride Series”


  • The Old School House in Qualicum Beach, preview “RCMP Musical Ride Series”
  • Exhibit, The RCMP Musical Ride Performances, Vancouver Island
  • Mark Penney Gallery, Ucluelet, BC, Select Landscapes and Vancouver Island Scenery

2007 /2008

  • Feature Artist at The Look Gallery in Helmsley, Yorkshire, England
  • Feature Artist at The Gallery, Chemainus Theatre, Chemainus, BC
  • Illustrator for the following book covers:  “Rebel of Dark Creek”, Sono Nis Press (Oct/07) and “High Fences”, Sono Nis Press (Oct/07)

2002 – 2006

  • Book Launch, Joan’s first illustrated book, “Yetsa’s Sweater”, published by Sono Nis Press, Sept/06) was nominated for the following awards:   Chocolate Lily Award from the BC Teachers & Librarians Assoc.,  Shining Willow Award from the Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Awards,  BC Booksellers Choice Award, Silver Birch Award from the Ontario Library Association, and  “Top 5 Books by the Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children” by Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
  • “Momentum – Contemporary Works by Chinese and Canadian Women Artists”, China
  • Featured Artist, Laroche Gallery, Sidney, BC (Sidney Fine Arts Festival)
  • Features Artists “Equine Art Show” at the Westwind Gallery, Langley, BC
  • New York Art Expo, New York, USA
  • Group Show, “Women’s Declaration”, Chinese/Canadian women artists, DuoLun Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China
  • Invitational Art Show, Ten-ee-ah Lodge, Lac La hache, BC
  • Calgary Stampede Art Auction, Calgary, AB

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