All of my work is a spiritual connection with my life, which has gone through many changes and looks like a patchwork.  It is always an attempt to combine imagery and abstraction, an ongoing striving to communicate while going deeper.  

 

My remaining oil paintings are now at the Stoplight Gallery, Anaconda, Montana, owned by my sister, Kathy Carlson.  They will remain there, as I can no longer use oil paint due to allergies to the paint.  I am now working with water media and drawings, but also going back to some textile work.  Stitchery is something I have always found to be healing.  Old Bangladeshi women believed that stitching, making something new and beautiful out of old useless things was a way of healing the soul of the world.

 

 In January 2018 I will have a solo exhibition at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba.

 

I have been asked to illustrate books lately, a new activity for me.  Another book by Vic Foerstoer, "Hidden in the Trees" was recently published by Arbutus Press, with my drawings.  The earlier book by him that I illustrated is "Naked in the Stream", about Isle Royale.  A new book by Karen Anderson, "Gradual Clearing" also for Arbutus Press., just came out, with my drawings and cover.  Karen has a regular weekly meditation on Interlochen Radio; this book is a collection of these essays.

 

 I have decided that one way I can share my work is to have giclee prints made.  Many of the images that are of interest could possibly be made into an archival print, about 15x17", for $150.  Please email me if you are interested.  joycek@chartermi.net.

 

My studio is in an old elementary school, 801 North Lincoln Drive in Hancock. I love visitors!  I am usually there but please call first: 906-370-3183.  My hours are erratic.

 

 



Artworks : Drawings

Drawing has always been important to me.  Much of my subject matter has to do with how nature is endangered.  But there is a celebratory aspect to it as well.

The newest work evolves from abstraction and is part of a series about life and death. 

The  recent tree drawings are for a book just published, "Hidden in the Trees," by Vic Foerster, Arbutus Press. The Isle Royale drawings are for an earlier book published by Arbutus Press, "Naked in the Stream," also by Vic Foerster. 

The stones drawings were from a series a few years ago in which the stones became monuments for grief.

The Glacier Park drawings were done after a visit there.

The Haukki drawing was one I did during an artist residency in Finland.

I continue to carry a sketchbook or camera on my daily walks in the woods... 



Dancing Tree
Dancing Tree
The Heart
The Heart
2 trees yellow and gray
2 trees yellow and gray
City Tree
City Tree
Forest Path
Forest Path
Light on the Trees
Light on the Trees
Cabin at Night
Cabin at Night
Fox, Fish, Rainbow
Fox, Fish, Rainbow
Elegy for the Forest
Elegy for the Forest
Summit Lake, South End
Summit Lake, South End
Moose and Lightning
Moose and Lightning
Buffalo and Raincloud
Buffalo and Raincloud
Driving Home
Driving Home
Ice House
Ice House
Deer and Storm
Deer and Storm
Boat and Moon
Boat and Moon
Mountains
Mountains
Mountain Waterfall
Mountain Waterfall
Wolf in Hiding Place
Wolf in Hiding Place
Waves of Minong
Waves of Minong
Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind
Big Moose
Big Moose
Fish
Fish
The empty boat
The empty boat
The Crossing
The Crossing
6 stones 1 shell
6 stones 1 shell
8 stones 1 shell
8 stones 1 shell
The Haukki in Alajarvi
The Haukki in Alajarvi
Skeleton 2
Skeleton 2
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