Joanna Carrabbio, originally from Michigan, earned a BFA from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan in 1973 in painting and drawing. A visiting artists program at Wayne State University acquainted her with artists Jennifer Bartlett, Elizabeth Murray and Michael Goldberg. The faculty at Wayne State University included, Tom Parish, John Egner, Robert Wilbert, Patricia Quinlan, Mary Jane Bigler, Zubel Kachadoorian and George Vios. Abstract Expressionism, Conceptualism and Realism were the emphasized schools of thought taught
by these artists and faculty which influenced and shaped her imagery.
After graduation and travel she relocated to Los Angeles, California. She obtained a teaching credential from UCLA and California State University, Dominguez Hill – a vocational adult art credential and a K-12 secondary art credential. From 1982-2009, for twenty seven years, successfully taught
drawing, painting, sculpture and advanced placement art for the Los Angeles Unified School District. During this period she also did free-lance work as a fine and graphic artist with mural commissions for EMI-Capitol Records and the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. A drawing of hers was included in “Drawings USA”, Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul Minnesota. During this long journey, personal drawings and paintings were created.
After living in Los Angeles for thirty five years, in 2009, she and her family relocated to Eugene, Oregon. She lives with her husband, Marco Elliott who is also an artist and an author. They have a grown daughter, Chloe Elliott, who attends the University of Oregon.