Joyce has worked in a variety of art media over the past 40 years, including pen & ink, acrylics, oil, and most recently, watercolors. While pursuing a career as a floral designer, she considered her art a hobby.
When she retired in 1999, she studied faux and decorating techniques with the Decorating Master's Institute in Atlanta, where she trained as a Certified Custom Faux Finisher/Instructor. From 1999 to 2005, she specialized in faux decorating and ultimately was recognized for her expertise in the creation of large wall murals. In 2006, she decided to concentrate on her watercolor work and trained with several instructors on advanced techniques.
She is currently a member of the Brevard Cultural Alliance (BCA), the Brevard Watercolor Society (BWS), the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS), and the Mentone Area Arts Council (MAAC). Her art has been on display in several locations in Brevard, including the Cocoa Library, Brevard Driver's License Bureau, Merritt Square Mall, Brevard County Library, Wuestoff Medical Center, the Eau Gallie Art District and Old Town Melbourne.
Joyce's watercolor art covers a variety of topics, but has tended toward a specialization in portraits, animals, landscapes, and an occasional abstract work. Her love of animals has shown itself in her skillful rendition of a wide range of subjects from wild life to family pets. Her appreciation for the effective mix and match of color have yielded stunning landscapes and challenging abstracts. Her topics and talents continue to expand, as she looks for new and better approaches to her art.
In July 2010, Joyce and her husband Robert opened a new art gallery in a log cabin in Mentone, Alabama. Only two hours northwest of Atlanta, this gallery is at the hub of art and craft activities involving artisans from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. Click the little cabin below to visit the website of Art Gallery @ Mentone. (NOTE: The gallery was closed in 2015 - see notes on website).
In 2014, she moved into Photography. Although still doing some painting, the plan is to spend most time on photography.