After leaving her career in the educational field to become a homemaker in 1974, Joen became interested in quiltmaking and textile art. During a span of fifteen years, she created commissioned textile art for private clients and corporations. Her work is included in collections throughout the world.
As a guest lecturer/instructor on the subject of color and design, Joen has taught throughout the United States and in England, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Joen is a prolific author and several of her books have been bestsellers in the art/craft field; some have been translated into other languages. Her published works include Color Play, The Visual Dance, The Magical Effects of Color, Visual Coloring, Landscapes & Illusions, The Ultimate 3-in-1 Color Tool, and The Studio Color Wheel.
Joen is the owner of JWD Publishing, a pattern company that publishes quilt-related patterns. She enjoys photography, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.