Joanne Mattera earned a BFA in Painting from the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and an MA in Visual Arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has been painting for 30 years, exhibiting regularly throughout the United States. She is the author of The Art of Encaustic Painting; Contemporary Expression in an Ancient Medium, which has become the standard reference on the subject. Her work is in the collections of The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ, Connecticut College, Print Collection, New London, CT, University Libraries Collection, State University of New York at Albany, U.S. Embassies, Slovenia and Poland, and the Consulate of Brunei, among others. Her extensive bibliography includes approximately one-hundred books, periodicals, catalogs, essays and online reviews.