Joanna was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She received her BSA with an emphasis in painting from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has a minor in Art History. After graduation, Joanna continued working as a swim instructor and then a preschool teacher. She moved to El Paso, Texas for her husband's job,  and started painting full time. In May 2018 her and her husband moved back to Nebraska and is continuing living her dream as an artist!