JoAnna E. Graves
Bio




JoAnna E. Graves

JoAnna spent 32 years as a therapist and teacher. In addition to her degrees in Speech and Language Pathology and Elementary Education, her further study in linguistics led to an M.S. in Communication. JoAnna’s passion for nature took her on solo treks around the Great Lakes where she collected specimens of Devonian corals, artifacts from ships, driftwood etc. She studied lapidary and metalsmithing creating fine jewelry from found fossils. In 1991 she entered her work in the Wisconsin Geological Society’s annual competition. She won Best of Show, 1st place in Fossils and the Herman Zander award of Excellence.

Eco-Art became her focus. Studying Rudolph Steiner, she began watercolor painting in the forest using creek water and working with the nature spirits to create magical paintings. She continued her treks along the shores of Lake Michigan, collecting more interesting stones, organic matter, driftwood, artifacts, fossils etc, and began putting them together into assemblages/sculptures which she called “Beachscapes”. After creating numerous sculptures, a poem was gleaned from each assemblage. The poems were placed on cards. Photographs were taken of each of the 36 assemblages. Texts were then composed for each, and the collection was called Great Lake Oracle (GLO). GLO expanded into a book with a history of the Great Lakes, and chapters on how to use GLO as a meditation guide. GLO has been used in workshops to create sensitivity to the environment and the human connection to nature and responsibility to protect it. Great Lake Oracle, the book including cards, poetry and text will be available on a print on demand basis.

JoAnna continues her creative ventures currently through photography and in collaboration with the dance/theatre of DanceCircus. Samples of photography are included on the “Meditation” page of this website.