A native DC Washingtonian Joan Leverton Covell spent her life as a Navy junior and Naval officer’s wife, destined to travel the world and live in many places. Her paintings have won numerous awards in juried shows, including Best in Show at the US Geological Survey Center and Top Works from Northern Virginia Arts Organizations. Her pastel of Kiawah was accepted for the 12th annual Show of the Pastel Society of America in New York City. Her Sardinian seascape belongs to the Superior Court Art Trust of Washington, DC. She has had numerous one artist shows in Texas, Virginia, Connecticut, and most recently in Cortona, Italy. In her continuing art education since college she studied with nationally known watercolorists while using her language skill as the guide for art groups painting on location in Tuscany, Venice and the Lakes of Northern Italy. Covell’s publications include the illustrations for several cookbooks, the co- authorship of “Nursery Songs and Lap Games”, a commission of watercolors for a spy novel and the pen and ink illustrations and oil paintings for the Gardening Guide of Henderson County. She designed and painted theater sets for productions at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC and the Navy bases at Pearl Harbor and La Maddalena, Sardinia for the benefit of the military community.
Covell’s extensive background in painting, sculpture and design has brought her to the point in her art career where she is eager to accept a variety of work, including such activities as the Designer Show House, the Hendersonville Symphony benefits and Downtown Bearfooting, street art for Hendersonville. Her two lifesized plexiglass bears, Grapeful Bear ( 2004) and Bullington Bear (2007) preceded Miss Connie Mara (2008), the infamous goat that was stolen, recovered, repaired, and residing now at the Carl Sandburg Historic National Park. Her large oil of the Flat Rock Playhouse Youtheater was completed before the building was finished, giving Covell the challenge of inventing a landscape design for the painting.
Joan and her husband, retired Navy Captain Mike Covell, are avid travelers, offering Joanie the opportunity to share, through her art, strong visions of people and places that hold meaning for her. They designed their permanent home in Flat Rock in 2000, and live with their two Border Collies and numerous koi. The Covells are proud grandparents of seven wonderful children.