ABOUT THE ART
Joy has studied the philosophy, calligraphy, and painting of the art known as Chinese Brush Painting for over forty years. She paints the traditional subjects of the Four Gentlemen (plum, pine, orchid, and chrysanthemum), flower and bird, people, and landscapes. She paints animals mainly for her own pleasure, trying to find their “spirit” and personality in ink. Joy loves Chinese calligraphy for its history, discipline, and structure.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chinese Brush Painting
Joy is a native Californian. She grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in Bakersfield. She is a Mills College graduate with a BA in English Literature. She has completed seventeen certificated art courses at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, the People’s Republic of China.
Joy lives in Springville, CA. She is past president of the Arts Council of Tulare County, past president of the Porterville Art Association, a member of the Society of Western Artists, the Tulare Palette Club, the American Artists of Chinese Brush Painting, the Sumi-e Society, and Past President of the San Diego Chinese Brush Painting Society. She teaches in her studio in Springville, at ArtsVisalia in Visalia, at Vision Academy of the Arts in Oakhurst, at Cuesta College ( San Luis Obispo), and at workshops throughout California.
Joy became fascinated with Chinese Art and Chinese Art History while in college. While living in San Diego she continued to study and learn with Chinese teachers at the University of California San Diego and at workshops throughout the state of California. Deciding to go to the source, she started attending art school in China where master painters encouraged her to further explore the basis of Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy. Blending the perspective of a westerner with the uniqueness of the Eastern philosophy has brought her to the following artistic statement:
“I believe that art reflects life, and whether one is painting a leaf, a flower, a tree, or the whole forest, the universal language of art bridges cultures, and allows all of us to communicate without translators.”
Joy can be reached at 559-539-6123 or email@example.com
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