Joan Renton was born in Sunderland and studied under William Gillies at the Edinburgh College of Art during the 1950’s; her work is well known in Scotland but has also shown in America. and Europe. Joan was awarded a travelling scholarship to Spain in 1959 after which she taught art in Scotland.
This flamboyant composition with strong shapes and colour draws clearly on the traditions of the Scottish Colourists. HRH Duke of Edinburgh holds examples of her work as do several other Edinburgh institutions .