Joy has spent a lifetime painting. She stated, “I’m forever learning, forever. As in I can see no end to this adverb as it relates to art . . . And I love it.” She believes life and art are a lot alike: many smudges, reworks, erasures, corrections and then finally maybe, a pièce de résistance. She said that she’s still working on that. This gives her a goal. Her nature paintings have been accepted into prestigious shows such as the Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition. She’s and equestrian who has taken a lot of nature ideas from trail riding and hiking. Sometimes the trail riding resulted in hiking. She is a commercial artist who has illustrated books and written several short stories.
“Explorations” is an overarching theme in Joy’s paintings. The subjects are mostly natural, dynamic in emotion, and free form in their own spirits. They interact with their environment in a mix of fantasy and reality. Whether it be serenity in a landscape, a sleeping cat, harnessing energy in a team of horses, or sensitivity in a pensive face; the style is dreamlike, fluid, and often terraced with color.