Joy grew up in Cumberland. She graduated from Allegany High School. She received her Masters Degree in Art Education K-12 from FSU. She taught Art and Special Needs for 8 years in Mineral County before retiring. She also earned a pre-primary Montessori teaching credential and was a Montessori teacher and school director at Children’s Manor Montessori School in Ellicott City, MD, for nine years.
She is now pursuing her personal art, in the medium of watercolor, colored pencil and photography. She is a member of the Allegany Art Alliance, Allegany Arts Council, Western Maryland Watercolor Society (WMWS), Arts at Canal Place and the newly formed Colored Pencil Society of America - District 121, Greater Cumberland, MD. She received the “Inner Essence” award for her watercolor “Great-grandmother Hugs” in the Spring, 2008, WMWS Show.
Joy’s choice of imagery comes from every possible category such as family members, nature, architecture and local historical sites. She attempts to elevate images from everyday life. Her work reflects the challenges and pleasure of the study of color, light, shapes and their relationship to one another.
She has taken numerous watercolor workshops. In February 2008 she attended a week long “plein air” workshop in St. Croix USVA under the instruction of former local area watercolor artist, Alexis Lavine. She recently completed a photography workshop under the instruction of Penny Knobel-Besa. Joy has traveled extensively to many countries such as Greece, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Mexico, China, and Japan.