Joan Sveen is a native Calgarian. Growing up she spent much time at the family ranch west of Calgary, riding and hiking in the foothills. Inspired by the dramatic scenery found in her neck of the woods, Joan strives to portray the energy and power found in the elements and the land. She spends much time in her favourite locale, photographing, field sketching and painting. Usually the final paintings are completed in her studio.

Joan’s work is about the love she has for nature. The colours she uses symbolize the beauty and the strength she finds in the environment. When painting en plen air, she hones in on what has drawn her to the subject. From there the painting becomes very spontaneous on location. Through her paintings, Joan endeavours to give insight as to how she is impacted by nature and to transfer some of her love, respect and awe of nature to the viewer.

Recently retired from teaching, Joan is now working as a full-time artist, much to her delight.


Alberta Foundation for the Arts
Pinnacle Resources
Advantage Tech
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School
Advantage Ford Ltd.
Pengrowth Management Ltd.
Brewster Transportation & Tours
Nesbitt Burns
Petro China
University of Petroleum Beijing

Solo Exhibitions

Recent Works – Calgary – April 2011
Recent Works – Calgary – March 2010
Recent Works – Calgary – October 2003
Recent Works – Leighton Center – May 1997
Recent Works – Leighton Center – Nov. 1995
Recent Works – Leighton Center – Nov. 1994
“Hoofbeats” – Devonian Gardens, Calgary AB – Dec. 1993
Knightsbridge Fine Art, Calgary – Sept. 1992

Selected Exhibitions

Visual Edge – Elks Club, Calgary – March 1998
The Alicat Gallery Annual Spring Show – The Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB – May 1997, 1998
Visual Edge – Willow Park, Calgary – March 1995, 1996, 1997
Leighton Center Annual Art Show – Oct. 1993, 1996, 1998
Visual Edge – Leighton Center – Sept. 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
“Mountain Impressions” (two persons show) – The Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB – Oct. 1995
Muttart Art Auction – April 1994
Visual Edge – Max Bell Theatre – Sept. 1993
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Western Art Auction – July 1993
Federation of Canadian Artists – Travelling Exhibition to Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary – Oct. – Dec. 1992
Calgary Sketch Club – Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary – Aug. 1991
“See the Light” – Federation of Canadian Artists – Muttart Gallery, Calgary – June 1991
Federation of Canadian Artists – Gulf Canada Gallery, Calgary – Dec. 1990
Christmas Salon Show – Muttart Art Gallery, Calgary – Dec. 1989
Alberta College of Art – Student Landscape Exhibition – Aug. 1988, 1989