Joan Heriot was born in 1911 in Vernon B.C., the daughter of Allan and Jessie Heriot. As a child Joan developed a fascination with insects. This was due to her father's interest in entomology and the enthusiasm of his entomologist friends, who took her for field trips and provided her with books on the subject. Joan attended St. Michael's Girls School in Vernon, where she also demonstrated a strong interest in drawing and painting. On graduation from St. Michael's Joan attended college in Victoria, B.C. and then the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree. Following this she enrolled at the University of Liverpool in England, graduating in 1936 with a Master of Science Degree and a Diploma in Education. From 1936 to 1966 Joan lectured in zoology at Brighton Technical College, in Brighton, Sussex, England. She was head of the Biology Department from 1952 to 1966. On her retirement and return to Vernon, Joan was able to focus on her artistic talents. She took art lessons and began to interpret the Okanagan landscape through the medium of pastels. Her paintings generated so much demand that a long waiting list evolved. Joan loved life, embraced people, and made the best of things, even in her last years as resident in an extended care facility. She died on July 29th, 2012 at the age of 101.