painting by Bridget Ertelt 

Welcome to Seventh Sister


I'm Joan Bratt, the seventh of eight sisters. I studied classical drawing and painting at The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art in Minneapolis, and then at Grand Central Academy in NYC.

In 2020, I left the city to pursue illustration, and settled in Northern Ohio, where I am currently working on a series of drawings based on regional wildflowers, and a children's book.

I'm inspired by a little bit of everything; at the moment, Queen Anne's lace and Beethoven head the list. William Morris said, "the true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life." It's the detail in a piece of art that gives me the greatest joy, and I hope to share that same joy with you all through my work.