Joyce Eakins  ART GALLERY
Half Moon Bay, California

JOYCE EAKINS, M.F.A.

For the past 50 years Joyce Eakins has been creating as well as teaching art. She received her M.F.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. For more than three decades she taught art at the university level. She was Chair of the Fine Arts Department at Colorado Women’s College and was on the faculty of the Women’s College of the University of Denver. She served on the Governor’s Award Committee of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities. She has served as the Colorado representative for the National Watercolor Society.

Joyce has exhibited widely and received many top awards for paintings in national as well as international exhibitions including the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor U.S.A.  Her work was included in “American Watercolors” at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in The Republic of China. Other work traveled to France in “Contemporary American Watercolor Paintings” exhibit shown at the Chateau de Tours. She received a meritorious award in the invitational international exhibit “The Far East Meets the West” at the Palisade Fine Arts Gallery in Los Angeles.  She has shown at the National Arts Club in New York, the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska, the Denver Art Museum, and the Laguna Beach Art Association Gallery as well as other galleries and museums. Her work toured eight states in the regional watercolor exhibit put on by the Federation of Rocky Mountain States, Inc.

The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute honored her with a stipend and a studio where she experimented with “Dimensional Paintings” inspired by the earth. The medium was the earth itself. These paintings were described by Lucy Lippard, art critic in Art in America magazine, as “crumpled microcosmic reliefs.” At the completion of the grant they were exhibited in two solo exhibits, one in the Lyle True Gallery of the Houston Fine Art Center in Denver, Colorado and another in the Brena Gallery also in Denver.

One of her paintings was featured on the promotional poster for Watercolor U.S.A.’s National Bicentennial Exhibit in 1976. Eighty of her paintings make up the Tarot of the Spirit tarot deck published by U.S. Games Systems. Other paintings have been featured in several books including Watercolor Bold and Free (Lawrence C. Goldsmith) and Sisters Singing (Carolyn Flynn). Her paintings were used on the covers of Heart, Breath and Graceful Movement and Wild Voracious Love (Pamela Eakins). She was on the cover, also, of Guestguide magazine.

Since moving to Half Moon Bay, California in 2006 she has had four solo exhibits: “Hearts,” “Hands,” and “The Raven” (twenty-nine illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s poem); all watermedia. The fourth exhibit was a series of collages, “Why I am Who I Am.” The work from these shows can be viewed at Joyceeakins.com. Joyce is currently immersed in life drawing -- soon to become life painting.  

Painting critiquing available upon request.


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