Joan Ross has been sculpting for the over 35 years. Although stone carving is her favorite medium of expression, she is well-known for her fine sculptured castings, such as the popular “RUNAWAY BUNNY” in the Frederic Olmstead Wilcox Park in Westerly, Rhode Island.
A descendant of two old Bostonian families, but born at the foot of the Swiss Alps and subsequently raised along the rocky coast of Cape Ann, her life-long association with stone has been combined with a continuing study of animals and their unique forms. The result has been creative design with a sense of spontaneity and movement.
After attending Vassar College, she studied art in New York and Connecticut schools. She continued her professional training with Bruno Luchessi, Jane Armstrong, Minoru Niizuma and others, both in the States and abroad. She herself has taught sculpture for a number of years.
Recipient of many National Awards, a number of her original stone carvings have been reproduced in limited bronze editions. From these, a menagerie of animal sculptures have emerged to be seen on exhibit from Boston to San Francisco and Vermont to Florida.
Joan's artistic affiliations are both national and local, including the National Sculpture Society of which she is a Fellow, the Society of Animal Artists (Vice-President and long-time board member). Her works are in both private and public collections in this country and abroad, including the New York Zoological Society.
Currently she is completing private commissions while seeking inspiration for new works.