Joan Steacy

As long as I can remember my interest in the visual arts has been diverse. Drawing, painting, and sculpture are areas I have explored over the years, mostly figurative in content and humourous at times.

I studied art fundamentals at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 1979. There I studied drawing, painting, and media studies. After that I decided to apply my two-dimensional communication skills to sculpture, specifically oil-based clay, which led to illustrations for numerous publications. I later coördinated and taught art for children at the Beaches Art Center in Toronto.


In 1987 I relocated to Victoria with my husband and two sons. At that point the visual arts took a back seat for a while. I continued my education at the University of Victoria, and received a Humanities Diploma in 2002. My interest in sculpture returned, only this time in clay, cast bronze, and stone-carving, which led to some interesting commissions, including "Fertility", a nine-foot tall bronze figural public sculpture in downtown Hamilton, Ontario.

My work is held in private collections across Canada, and has been shown in group settings in and around Victoria. Set painting and prop construction are other areas I have engaged in for the last five years. I am currently teaching life drawing classes for beginners at Xchanges in Victoria — with the emphasis on LIFE!

The Butt of Venus.

The Butt of Venus
Mixed Media

Gesture. Torso. Goo.