After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Boston University, Joyce embarked on a career in art education in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She left the teaching profession to experience the challenges of the computer software industry and enjoyed a successful career in that field as well. However, Joyce never lost her love of art and now devotes her time to creating art.
Joyce is a water media painter. She works primarily with acrylics but also enjoys using gouache, casein or watercolor together with acrylic. Primarily a studio painter, she works from sketches, value and color studies and photographs she takes on location. Her experience in the software industry has been a helpful aid in modifying the on-site work to improve the composition of her subject.
Joyce likes to work on both paper and canvas and she approaches the work slightly differently depending on the support. She will employ several watercolor techniques when working on paper while her works on canvas are more reminiscent of oil paintings. Joyce works in series allowing her to approach her subject matter from a variety of angles . Her most successful series include include her “Wild” and “Sanctuary” series both based on a protected area in upstate New York, the marsh at Tillman, “Desert Rocks and Palms” series, “Local Parks” and “California Coast Seascapes”.
Currently, Joyce is a member of The Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild, The San Diego Watercolor Society, The La Jolla Art Association and the San Dieguito Art Guild. She served on the board of the San Diego Watercolor Society for three years and was the organization’s newsletter one year. Joyce is currently the Newsletter Editor for The La Jolla Art Association. Joyce exhibits regularly in the membership shows of these organizations and has won several awards for her work. She has also been juried into shows at The Southwestern Artist Association and the Art and Materials Workshop in Pasadena.
Joyce believes that the pursuit of one’s art passion is a never-ending learning experience. “Whether it’s experiencing a new subject or mastering a new technique, creating art always presents challenges.” She has studied with Nicholas Simmons, Elaine Harvey and most recently Stephen Quiller. These artists serve as models for the type of creative painting she tries to achieve.