Joanna Quispel was born in Amsterdam and received her education at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She has worked as an independent artist ever since. The techniques she uses are oil, pastel, watercolor and linocut. Joanna finds her subjects everywhere around her and always works on location. Currently she is working mainly for the city archives of Amsterdam. The subject is the connection of the people to the city. Which means she went to markets, shops, festivals in many different neighborhoods; also showcasing the cultural variety of Amsterdam.