Joyce McCoy

Joyce McCoy

I came from a Saskatchewan prairie community and have resided in Calgary, the Ottawa Valley of Ontario, in Manitoba and am now a longtime resident of Edmonton. During my career as a high school teacher, my need to study art led me to take several summer classes in Fine Arts at the U of A, History of Art from Athabasca University, evening art classes in the Extension department and at the South Side Cultural Centre. I have studied at the Edmonton City Art Centre with Frank Haddock and Frances Alty-Arscott and taken workshops with Greg Johnson and Gordon MacKenzie. 

At last, retirement has given me the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a watercolour artist. I am presently a member of the Edmonton Art Club, a member with active status of the Society of Western Canadian Artists and Southside Artist Friends of Edmonton, The Edmonton Needlecraft Guild and the Focus on Fibre Art Association.

The source of my inspiration is the endless variety and beauty of the natural world. The prairie scene in particular will always be part of my art with its constantly changing qualities of value and colour and the unique textures of its vast skies, rolling hills, plants and wildflowers. 

My classes at the Faculty of Fine Arts allowed me to try a variety of media. So far I have 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, Chinese ink, collage, fibre art and other mixed media. My style is constantly evolving as I experiment with different subjects and techniques. I want to be always open to grow with new ideas and new challenges.