Joyce Haddon studied at Cambridge and the Royal Academy Schools where she won the Creswick medal for landscape and Landseer prizes for landscape, drawing and painting from the antique. Her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy summer exhibition, exhibitions in Paris, Sydney, Belfast, Birmingham and many more. She was a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of British Artists, showing her work regularly at their annual exhibitions. She also showed her work regularly at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1. Her daughter, the journalist Celia Haddon said of her mother: "She saw the inward light in the commonplace".