Short Bio of

Joan R. Holcomb

Joan Reavis Holcomb paints in acrylics, writes historical and Southern Gothic romance, as well as personal narratives and poetry. She finds painting in brilliant colors on large canvasses freeing. She creates in a range of styles from realism and impressionism to abstractionism and incorporates nature and the celestial in her work. GAIA'S SPIRIT and ANGELIC GUARDIAN IN A PARISIAN VEIL OF FLOWERS are examples of channeled art in which she discovered celestial entities. Joan is also a ™Reconnection magnetic energy healer and studies quantum physics, entanglement, string theory and related subjects. Joan’s latest written creations include CHATTEL, a historical romance set in North and South Carolina in the early 1820's and includes a fictionalized account of the Denmark Vesey slave insurrection in Charleston. HUNT HOUSE MURDER is a Southern Gothic set in rural North Carolina in 1901-1902. Joan Holcomb's LinkedIn account and the blog on this website,, describes the novels at length.


A graduate of the University of N.C. at Greensboro with a degree in English and the Humanities, Joan also earned certifications in writing and journalism and special education from the University of N.C. at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and Lenoir Rhyne University. She studied visual arts at the N.C. School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. Interested in art since childhood, she studied under portrait artist Abby Rose Cox from Glade Valley in the mountains of western N.C. As a teacher of English and journalism, Joan was one of the first to earn National Board credentials in English/Language Arts. As a curriculum specialist, she served as advisor to N.C. State University and wrote state tests for high school English. Early in Joan’s career as curriculum facilitator, Maya Angelou, at that time Poet in Residence at Surry Community College in Dobson, N.C., worked with Joan in her classroom. Novelists and writers Susan Malone, Susan Breen, Dave King and others have mentored Joan in her writing.

Raney and Millie in the studio

Raney, Millie and Joan in her studio.

Joan and her grandson Brady

Joan and her daughter Kelly

My daughter Kelly and me on our Christmas vacation in Maui, Hawaii, in 2012 when I painted the painting of Maui mountains.


Joan, her daughter Kelly Holcomb, her grandson Brady; her son Gerald Holcomb and his wife Martha, live on a working farm in the rural farming community of Courtney in Western N.C., just south of the small town of Yadkinville. Simon, a collie; Millie, a Bichon Frise; and rescued Raney, are three of her close furry companions. Besides grain crops and hay, the family raises Appaloosa horses, a much smaller breed than the massive Belgians they once raised and showed. Her husband Wayne recently lost his battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, an incurable neuro-muscular illness.