Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia area, Juanita Bellavance spent her formative years immersing herself in craft, fashion design and music. She attended Georgia State University and received a BA degree in Music Education.
For ten years while teaching music, Juanita incorporated her love of art through backdrops for chorus musicals. Art gave her an opportunity to use visual imagery to provide helpful analogies to her students.
In 1994, Juanita’s entrepreneurial spirit led her away from teaching and into the interior decor industry where she was a professional faux finish and muralist around Atlanta. Her work in the Home Depot Expo 2000 Showhouse, which won Best of Show, was featured in Atlanta Magazine.
After the market crashed she began teaching music and art at private Montessori schools.
While teaching art to children, beginning in 2011, Juanita studied art as a subject and became an artist. In 2015, she discovered non-objective expressionism, fell in love with it and became an expressionist painter.
Juanita has presented works at several juried shows around Atlanta and shows in South Carolina.. She has won several awards and continues to develop her artistic voice through acrylic abstract expressionism.