Joella Mahoney is a former Ogden Dunes resident and Professor of Art Emerita, University of La Verne where she began developing the art Department n 1964. She holds a B.A. in Art from Northern Arizona University and an MFA in painting from Claremont Graduate University. Mahoney is known for her dramatic, large scale landscapes in oil. Even though she has a flower series, a figure series, and a horse series, the canyon landscape of the Colorado Plateau has become the major motif of her paintings.
Joella spent her childhood at 11 Woodland Trail in Ogden Dunes when her father worked in advertising as an art director. Surrounded by the magnificent dunes landscapes, she drew inspiration from the dunes in later life as a professional painter, spending time at the Hour Glass Museum when it was a private residence owned by OD and Tillie Frank. On October 18, Joella returned to the Hour Glass museum and gave a visual and oral presentation using examples drawn from Joella's Arizona years and a recent exhibition shown in New York City.
She currently lives in Sedona, Arizona with her husband Larry.