Joan Zylkin:  Painter’s Bio

Joan Zylkin Live Events Painter     Painting at Weddings       Party Painter_Events and Fundraisers

Still LIfes_Landscapes_People    Portraits of Children

Bio       Home Base:  Philadelphia, PA.    Enquiries    or  Telephone:  302.475.0990


As Brits, my family and I came to live in Wilmington, DE in 1986 and we are now American Citizens, living in center city Philadelphia.

After careers in International Civil Service, (OECD, Paris); Journalism/Editor, (Sydney Australia and London UK) Business Entrepreneur/Owner Fashion Retailer  (London),  and with some very fine local art classes along the way ... from 1992-5 ...  I enrolled in the Certificate Program at the PennsylvaniaAcademy of the Fine Arts, one of the finest art schools in the world, to study anatomy, drawing and painting 24/7, and loved every minute.

I knew that I wanted to paint, and that I love color and gesture ... which led to what I do now ... which is to capture the immediacy of my subjects by working very quickly in oils.  For the last ten years or so, I have been painting live at all sorts of performances and events:  Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan, Broadway Shows,  Music of all kinds, Coffee Shops, Beaches ... honing my skills and taking commissions along the way.   I offer my services to paint live at parties and special events, such as Weddings,  and I paint portrait commissions for Fund Raisers and guests love to watch me paint.

Live painting events include:

Delaware Art Museum Pirates Party,

Aids Day Without Art at Oberod,

Christchurch Green Show,

Greenville Country Club,

Arden Candlelight Theatre,

Arden Shakepeare Gild (sic),

The Wilmington Blues Festival,

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival,

St. Michael’s Day School ... in the school and at their Art Auction

Numerous private parties and weddings

I also paint still lifes and landscapes and have painted pleine air in Maine, Cape Cod, Lewes, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Belize, San Miguel and Los Cabos, The Riviera and England.

I have exhibited my work in galleries in Wilmington, DE and in Philadelphia and have a permanent exhibit on line at my website:

Also, I have shown in juried shows at the Pennsylvania Academy (PAFA) Alumni Shows, PAFA Student Shows, Delaware Centre for Contemporary Arts and the Delaware Art Museum.

I have paintings in private collections in the US, UK, Australia, Mexico and Belize.