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 : Abstractions

The title of this body of work is Meditations.  Each one has been a meditation for me.

 

 I began doing this new work early in 2012, but it was a return to work I had learned in college and graduate school and have gone back to periodically.  This time it became an obsession.  It satisfied some inner feeling beyond words or images.  Each drawing took many hours, days of work until it reached the point where it felt "right."  This work should not be dismissed with a glance... it is my hope that the viewer will enter into the contemplative spirit in which they were done.



Garden with Ladder
Garden with Ladder
Inner Landscape
Inner Landscape
Study in warm colors
Study in warm colors
meditation #8 (blue study)
meditation #8 (blue study)
New Dwelling
New Dwelling
Green Hill
Green Hill
Garden #5
Garden #5
Garden
Garden
Winter solstice
Winter solstice
Autumn
Autumn
Early Afternoon
Early Afternoon
Twining
Twining
Conversations
Conversations
Patchwork drawing
Patchwork drawing
meditation #2
meditation #2
summer
summer
Carnival
Carnival
Quietness
Quietness
Aamu Rukkaus
Aamu Rukkaus
Spring Arising
Spring Arising
Pikkulaulu 1
Pikkulaulu 1
Pikkulaulu 3
Pikkulaulu 3
Pikkulaulu 4
Pikkulaulu 4
Pikkulaulu 2
Pikkulaulu 2
tone poem #2
tone poem #2
tone poem #1
tone poem #1
tone poem #3
tone poem #3
To the Garden
To the Garden
Study in gray and yellow, 2
Study in gray and yellow, 2
Study in gray and yellow, 1
Study in gray and yellow, 1
Study in gray and yellow, 3
Study in gray and yellow, 3
Study in gray and yellow, 4
Study in gray and yellow, 4
The Garden, 2
The Garden, 2
July
July
Family
Family
Blue Abstraction
Blue Abstraction
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