I am a visual artist, who captures the fluidity of the ocean realm focusing on the movement of water the abstraction of light and the sea creatures that inhabit this realm. Having spent many years living by the ocean and travelling the world I draw on this inspiration in my work. There is an echo of conservation and I address current issues that are affecting the natural world.
I experiment with the ever changing state of the ocean, the ebb and flow of the tide, the intense and subtle colours the weather creates on and through the water. I am passionate about marine life and I use my illustration skills to represent them in my artwork. I use different mediums like watercolour, gouache and acrylics mixed with various textures to keep my work fresh. I experiment with different viewpoints of below the surface, in the curl of the wave, aerial and diving into the underwater world.
I am originally from rural Warwickshire where my parents nurtured my love for Art and the nature world. I completed my degree in Illustration at University of Wales, Trinity St David in Swansea followed by further studies in Art Education at University Wales Institute Cardiff. After working as an Art & Design Teacher for many years I have now made the switch to working as a full time visual artist. I am now based in London where I live with my husband and our two young boys.
I am a competent water sports enthusiast mainly focusing on bodyboarding, surfing and scuba diving. I am also a qualified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor and I have dived and surfed in many different locations around the world.
Being part of the Makers Market From Home community is such a wonderful supportive group. I was quite nervous about doing my first one on 5th July but it was really great and I got so much support from fellow makers and also from people browsing the market.
Watch Joy’s interview on our Midday Makers series on IGTV.
Visit her Instagram @joycliftonuk