Joyce Grasso

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

Picasso once said, " It took me years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."

As a former art teacher, my young students were always playful and fearless in their approach. Their broad strokes and bright palettes were charged with energy and a joy to behold. Now, in my second career, I approach each canvas and collage piece with that same ethos. My rich toolkit includes bold colors, multiple layers and varied textures.

I grew up in Maine where the lulling sounds of waves breaking and the din of distant foghorns were part of my everyday existence. The simple beauty saturated my soul, is part of who I am and is expressed in my artwork. With frequent return visits to Maine, as well as many inspiring trips to Italy, the south of France, and other exquisite places, I have integrated the beauty of natural and man-made environments into my work. Rather than the traditional land or seascape, my paintings create a “feeling of place". I believe place allows us to access those special feelings and memories that escape our usual awareness.

Working with children has allowed me to see the world through their lens. As a result, each of my pieces reflects my joyful heart and colorful world. It gives me great pleasure to create works that are true to my aesthetic and meaningful to others.

BIOGRAPHY

Joyce was raised in Portland, Maine. Settling in Fairfield County, she taught art in the Stamford and Greenwich Public Schools for over 35 years. She has studied at the International Center for Photography, Silvermine School of Art and the Greenwich Art Society.

Throughout her career she has received several awards for her street photography and paintings. Joyce has exhibited in several juried shows and most recently was awarded, Best in Show, at the Pequot in Southport, CT. Her photos and paintings are collected from Maine to California with five of her paintings hanging in the permanent collection at Stamford Hospital. In addition, her work is exhibited at The Portland Art Gallery in Maine, Southport Gallery, and the Drawing Room. She has been featured in several publications including:  Maine Art and Design Magazine and Serendipity Magazine as an emerging artist.

Joyce is a member of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, CT where she has her studio.

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Websites: portlandartgallery.com