Joan Sullivan — an Artist, Historian & Author


Joan’s work spans an array of media, including watercolor, oil & acrylic, pastel, and pen & ink drawings

Historical Videos

“Picture the Past”, a monthly show featuring local ranches and other areas of historical interest, aired locally for over 10 years.

Historical Books

The history of Los Osos Valley as we know it today begins in 1769. Find out more.

Wearable Art

Hand painted, one-of-a-kind clothing. Why should the walls have all the fun?

About Joan

Joan Sullivan a classically trained artist who discovered a love of history through painting.

Joan has worked and taught art throughout the US, but it was when she came to California’s central coast for some en plein air painting that she found home. Shortly following her experience, she moved her family up from southern California and began working in the small coast community of Los Osos.

Painting on location at local ranches that had been held by families for generations, she became friends with many of the ranchers. From these relationships, and their stories, grew a lifelong interest in the region’s history.

Explore the history of central California’s coast, through the eye of an artist

Picture the Past


This televised video series ran on a variety of local airwaves for a span of 10 years.


Read about the central coast

“Rounding up the Ranches”, “The Los Osos Valley”, and “All About Baywood Park” tell the story of La Canada de Los Osos and its environs.

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