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. 

 

 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 : Tree Paintings

 When I moved back to the Upper Peninsula I responded to the beautiful trees everywhere in the forests, now grown back after being logged since the early 1900's.  Birch trees especially became a symbol for nature's ability to survive; the spaces between them as important as the trees.

 

These paintings are also about our connections to what is around us and how we leave our marks on everything we relate to.  

 

The recent drawings and paintings are about healing.



The Heart
The Heart
2 Trees Yellow and Gray
2 Trees Yellow and Gray
Dancing Tree
Dancing Tree
2 old birches
2 old birches
6 Gold Birches
6 Gold Birches
Birches with Stitches
Birches with Stitches
Owl and Birches
Owl and Birches
Pink Tree
Pink Tree
patchwork birch
patchwork birch
spirit trees
spirit trees
Quiet Birches
Quiet Birches
Birch for Baghdad
Birch for Baghdad
Owl and Two Birches
Owl and Two Birches
Patchwork Birches
Patchwork Birches
Autumn Birches
Autumn Birches
Three Birches
Three Birches
Birches and Sunset
Birches and Sunset
5 Tied Yellow Birches
5 Tied Yellow Birches
Forest Clothesline
Forest Clothesline
Birch Tree
Birch Tree
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