I’m Joy.

Doer, dabbler, thinker.

In the margin of my days, I play in the paint box. I use mostly watercolor, but many medias from gouche to acrylic to paper and collage may appear. I go where the muse takes me. I love children’s illustration and folk art. I’m hoping one day to combine it all into authoring a book or two. Or three.

My main calling is mama. I have six children, two of whom are tall and almost grown, edging their way out of the nest. I homeschool the younger four with a mixture of Classical and Charlotte Mason approaches.

I graduated from East Tennessee State University with a double BA in English and History. You can find me with a cup of coffee and a good book when I’m not painting. I’m from Denver, Colorado, and have traveled the world as a Navy Brat. If you really love me, you’ll send me Peachie-O’s- my one weakness, as a certain eighteenth century postmistress would say. The background accompaniment in my studio, if it’s not quiet classical music or movie scores, is probably an Austen movie, Lark Rise to Candleford, or the West Wing.

My blog is mostly where I tuck away notes to myself. I am forever preaching to my heart and reminding myself of the one thing needful.

I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for stopping by.