Joy grew up in Raleigh, NC.  She attended ECU School of Art in Greenville, NC, as a painting major with a drawing minor.  Joy’s earlier paintings were often monochromatic and very detailed.  Her work has now evolved to include much less detail with added impressionistic and/or expressionistic qualities using bold, bright colors; she prefers acrylic paint and mixed media.  She is most drawn to the Impressionist painters, particularly Monet.  She believes that the beauty of nature cannot be exceeded, so she rarely looks for inspiration elsewhere.

Joy married in 2013 and moved to the coast of NC.  The beautiful coast as well as Caribbean and other travels offer endless inspiration for her paintings.  Her works have been shown in various galleries in NC, as well as in online national/international juried exhibitions.  She is an award-winning artist whose art has been purchased for private collections in various states across the US, as well as internationally. She is currently represented by Water + Color Gallery (Wilmington, NC), and other online galleries.