Joanna Pregon’s perception of the world expanded at an early age, she grew up surrounded by various cultures and unfamiliar languages. Born in Communist Poland to Ukrainian parents, her family moved to Germany before settling in the United States.
She lived in Connecticut and attended Pine Manor College in Massachusetts before her curiosity for the West and a growing desire to do creative work brought her to Arizona. While concluding her studies in graphic design, Pregon realized that painting was her true passion and calling. She has been expressing her creativity and unique vision through art ever since.
Since picking up a paintbrush in 1999, Pregon has shown at galleries throughout the country and sold her art to collectors throughout the globe. Her work is part of a permanent collection in Phoenix at Shemer Arts Center and Museum where she exhibited a one-woman show in 2003. From 2006 till 2009 Pregon ran her own gallery in Jerome Arizona. Her paintings have been featured on the cover of several publications including “The Noise,” “Monsoon” and “Sow’s Ear.” Pregon’s collaboration with the poet Christopher Lane resulted in “Who is your God Now?” a book of his poetry, illustrated with her art.
Always open to new experiences and places, Pregon has lived among the red rocks of Sedona and the charm of the historic mountainside town of Jerome, Arizona. Today, she spends her time painting surrounded by the Southwestern desert landscape and the rolling green hills of Kentucky.