Becky Joy is best known for her vibrant landscapes that so accurately capture glowing light and shadow. Her paintings burst with abundant colors and powerful, thick textures. Painting in the historic Plein Air style, she paints impressions of what she sees and feels in her creative trips to the open air and in the studio. Viewing her work brings every sense to life, creating an expectation of the kiss of a mountain breeze, the scent of mesquite and sage in an oncoming storm. The taste of salt water on the tongue, or the visual explosion of color in the setting sun’s vast sky. The impulse is to reach out and touch her paintings, to become a part of the scene she has created in oil. True to her desire for painting from life, Becky also paints luscious and colorful still lifes.
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Becky Joy raised her family there. During this time she took art classes at the local college and tried several different art forms. After moving to Arizona in 1993, Becky attended classes and workshops at the Scottsdale Artist’s School then began to hike and paint in the desert that surrounds her home. Becky juried into Women Artists of the West in 1997. In the summer of 1998, she was included in a show at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ called Painters of the American Desert. She has been published in Art of the American West and in 2001 was chosen as the cover and poster artist for Hidden in the Hills Artists Directory. She was featured in an article in the Feb 2006 issue of Southwest Art Magazine and April 2010 in Phoenix Home and Gardens Magazine. Three of her works were purchased by the Kierland Resort and Spa. Her paintings have also been collected by American Equity Insurance, Banner Hospital and Pioneer Home Bank. 2003 brought Becky the Southwest Art Magazine Award at the annual Phippen Art Show in Prescott. Becky has been a juried member of the American Academy of Women Artists and is currently a juried member of the Arizona Plein Air Painters, signature member of Plein Air Painters New Mexico and Plein Air Artists Colorado, American Women Artists, American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America. She has shown in national juried shows including Oil Painters of America National Show 2010 and Salon International 2010 and been the recipient of several awards. Becky has shown her work in galleries in Colorado, Oregon, Utah, California, Arizona and New Mexico.
“I use oil paint as a tool to express my emotions and feelings about nature, whether it is a still life or a landscape. Growing up in Oregon, I developed a lifelong affinity for the outdoors through hiking, gardening and camping.”
“My initial response of awe and wonder to a scene is usually sparked by dramatic lighting or a mood. Subtle temperature and color changes become more apparent as I become familiar and involved with the intimacies of the scene. That awe and wonderment about my subjects is what I want to convey to the viewer through my paintings.”