Joan Frimberger, born and raised in Fresno, California, has always been a little crazy – horse crazy, that is. Her childhood was spent either on a horse, drawing one, or dreaming about them. (Actually, that pretty much describes her life now as well!)

No matter what stage of life she has been in – student, wife, or mother – Joan’s passion for creating has been a constant companion. In 2011 she pulled out the starter set of acrylic paints that she had received as a birthday present the year before. It was love at first stroke!

Although Joan has only been painting on canvas since 2011, she has devoted countless hours to perfecting her technique. This passion has not gone unrecognized. Her work quickly found its way into private collections, local galleries and national shows: winning the People’s Choice award at the Rusty Gable’s Stampede and Art Sale in 2013, a first place in the Wildlife/Animal Division of the Oklahoma Art Guild’s Annual Art Show and placing 2nd in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2014 Annual Art Competition in the Animal Category of the Beginner’s Division (those painting four years or less). She has also already been invited to become an Associate Member of the American Academy of Equine Art.

It is the innate need to create, to evoke emotion and to form a connection between the viewer and the subject that sets Joan’s work apart. While striving to be technically correct, it is the brush strokes, the colors layered upon each other, that create a depth and warmth which pulls the viewer in to look deeper, to see more, to feel more and, maybe, to smile a bit more.

Joan and her husband, Dominic, settled their family in Oklahoma in 2004 where they have raised their children and own a 90 acre ranch with dogs, cats, horses, cattle, donkeys, sheep and chickens.


– Accomplishments –


Oklahoma Art Guild
First Place Honors – Acrylic Water Media

Oklahoma Art Guild
Merit Award – Acrylic Water Media


Art Show At The Dog Show
Best of Show – 1st Place Paintings Division – Best Work Depicting a Hound
(Piece now hangs at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO)

Art In The Park
Rocky Mountain Horse Expo
4th Place Painting Division

45th Annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Charles B. Goddard Center
3rd Place


Oklahoma Art Guild’s Annual Art Show
1st Place – Wildlife/Animal Division

The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition
2nd Place in the Animal Category of the Beginner’s Division


Rusty Gables Stampede Art Show
People’s Choice Award


– Press –

  • The Oklahoman “Oklahoma Art Guild Shares Wide Variety Of Quality Work” | May 25, 2017
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine “The Timeless Appeal of Horses” | April 06, 2017
  • Edmond Sun “Edmond Fine Arts Institute Presents ‘Spring Sampler Evening Of Art’ April 9” | March 25, 2016
  • Edmond Life & Leisure | “Edmond Fine Arts Institute Exhibit To Highlight Work Of Joan Frimberger” | October 01, 2015
  • News OK | “Edmond Gallery Features Artist Joan Frimberger” | September 26, 2015
  • Alva Review-Courier “Cover Photo Vol. 123 No. 51” | June 25, 2015
  • The Wichita Eagle “Love For Dogs Revealed In Artwork” | February 26, 2015
  • The Chronicle of the Horse “Blue Hunter Vol. 77 No. 39” | December 15, 2014 

    – Organizations-

    Oklahoma Art Guild (OAG)

    Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)

    American Women Artists (AWA) Associate Member

    Women Artists of the West (WAOW) Associate Member

    National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS)

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