Joyce McCoy came from a Saskatchewan prairie community. She has since resided in Calgary, the Ottawa Valley of Ontario and Manitoba. She is a long time resident of Edmonton. During her career as a High School teacher, her need to study art led her to take several summer art classes in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alberta, History of Art from Athabasca University, evening art classes at the Faculty of Extension and the South Side Cultural Centre. She has studied at the Edmonton City Art Center with Frank Haddock and Frances Alty-Arscott and taken workshops with Greg Johnson and Gordon MacKenzie. At last, retirement has given her the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a watercolour artist. She is presently an exhibiting member of the Edmonton Art Club and the Society of Western Canadian Artists.
The source of her inspiration is the endless variety and beauty of the natural world. The prairie scene in particular, will always be part of her art with its’ constantly changing qualities of value and colour and the unique textures of its vast skies, rolling hills, plants and wildflowers.
Her classes at the Faculty of Fine Arts allowed her to try a variety of media.
So far she has been working mainly with watercolour for its translucency, vast array of tonality from delicate to vivid and the challenge of its’ sheer quirkiness. However other media have appeal for future exploration, especially acrylics, collage, fibre art and other mixed media.
Her style is constantly evolving as she experiments with different subjects and techniques. She wants to always be open to grow with new ideas, new challenges.
She and her husband have bought a small motorhome so she can enjoy “plein air” painting in comfort. It helps to provide those two essential support activities of the artist – “TAN” (the afternoon nap) and “THH” (the happy hour).