Joan Warburton, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 17 April 1920. Her father retired from the army in 1921 to the outskirts of Colchester, moving to a sixteenth century farmhouse further into the countryside in 1925. Joan had been introduced to the atelier of Oswald Poreau (1877-1955) at finishing school in Brussels and decided that painting was something that she wanted to take seriously and the family doctor introduced her to Cedric Morris [q.v.] and in 1937 Joan, known as 'Maudie', enrolled as one of the first students at the now legendary East Anglian School of Painting & Drawing at Dedham, Essex. Joan mounted some ten successful solo exhibitions over the following twenty years, with mixed shows at the Royal Academy; Leicester Galleries and Women's International and elsewhere, she some-times painted under her married name of O'Malley. Joan died at The White House, Stoke-by-Nayland, and Suffolk on 31 July 1996.