Joann Bortles from "Motor City Masters" is one of the contestants featured in the truTV reality car design competition series. She currently lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina.

A true pioneer for women in the industry, Joann Bortles is a wild, free-spirited artist who continues to set the bar with endless Best in Shows. She is the first woman custom painter to own her own shop in the country. She is also a best-selling author of six books about custom painting techniques. Her specialty is custom body work and paint for cars and motorcycles.

Having attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, Joann is an award-winning photojournalist, an avid rower and long-distance swimmer. She is one of the founders of Chopper Chic's Crew, a female group who did live, on-stage motorcycle builds.


Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: ∼56 years old
Current Residence: Waxhaw, NC

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