Mural Artist,

             Joan Bourque


     I’ve been painting since I was six.  I remember being so quiet and peaceful. I loved experimenting with spreading paint on canvas to see its effect.  Big canvases were my favorite. I apprenticed in NYC with Chuck Close during a semester in college in 1970. They taught me to think BIG and the Sky would be my limit.

     NYC was great but I needed adventure and nature so I traveled to the Caribbean to 5 sq. mile Saba island inhabited by 1200 people. That’s where I learned the “It Takes a Village” attitude. Camaraderie, cooperation, compassion and spirit were the order of the day. Everyone was part of the team.

     My husband and I started a scuba diving business, as nature called my spirit to soak up the beauty and bounty of the ocean. My joy of painting grew large as I began painting murals with the children and artists on the island of Saba in the Dutch Caribbean.

     We returned to the US in 1998 to a small town in Arizona. Lucky for me there where plenty of blank walls to be filled and a sensitive Arts Commission to allow me to become an Artist in Residence anywhere there was a willing school to want their walls covered with the thoughts and attitudes of their students.

     Over the last 13 years, my business experience helped me organize groups of diverse people to collaborate on their ideas and dreams. My “It Takes Village” attitude  helps us to express our feelings in a provocative and inspirational way.

     We are in a time which needs new directions, I’m ready to hit the streets again, to bring new light and life to these small communities ripe with potential.


About Myself


Joan Bourque


Cottonwood, AZ


Ohio Wesleyan University


Mural Painter, Community volunteer



Phone: 928-300-8834



Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead.


Islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific.

Sport: Scuba Diving

Websites: and Murals

Murals Your Way

Public, Home and School Murals