Joan Schwartzman’s education is not in Fine Art, but rather in Music and the Humanities.  She holds degrees in Flute Performance (Oberlin Conservatory) and Musicology (University of Arizona).  Her professional career has taken her nationwide, and has demanded mastery of all styles from Baroque to Contemporary, from solo recitals to symphony orchestras.

 The parallels she finds between music and painting are obvious in the compositions she depicts.  Color, shading, nuance, form and line, all combine to create energy and implied motion.  The freedom of genre and subjects chosen are most enticing to her, exactly the same as selecting musical styles to perform in concert.

Her prize winning work has been shown in juried regional and national invitational and members’ shows across the Hudson Valley, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.   

Residing in Bel Air, Maryland, Joan is an active member of several galleries across Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as the Mills Pond Gallery in New York.   In 2017 and 2018 she collaborated with her photographer husband, Ken Schwartzman, in exhibits featuring their work of the “American West- 2 Views”, in Carlisle, and in Lancaster and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Her “Floral Portraits” were recently presented in a solo show in York, Pennsylvania, and she will be featured in a solo exhibit in 2019 in the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air.  Joan is a member of the Maryland Federation of Artists, and was recently Artist of the Month in the Hanover Area Arts Guild, PA.