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Joan Loren Gaustad | Visual Artist

Joan Loren Gaustad is an artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She is the author of the visual memoir, Someone’s Missing…and I Think It’s Me. The book tells the story of her marriage to Jerry Donato and their struggles in navigating the mysteries and terrors of early-onset dementia. Gaustad originally intended to write a guide sharing what she learned in the eight years of his illness, but the book became a story of love and loss and how she used art to find the joy and beauty in what remained. Her art has been shown in both national and international galleries and museums.