About

JoyceNYC pic by Nancy Wheeler 08 0704

 Joyce McJilton Dwyer’s work is realistic with a peaceful feel.  She has been painting watercolors for 26 years and enjoys doing miniature watercolors in 1” scale as well as her full size work.  Her work includes waterscapes, landscapes and buildings and invites you to relax and enjoy a restful and peaceful vista.  Nature is a prime focus of her work with all the beauty that the changes in light, weather and seasons provide.  Recently her work is part plein air and part working in the studio from her own photos.  

Joyce has done drawing since she was a young child and recently it has become a more prominent focus in her work.  She works primarily in pen and ink and colored pencil.

Joyce is Midwestern born but has lived in New England for the past twenty six years and loves the scenery and landscape of both parts of the country.  She grew up in rural Michigan on a family farm and feels some of her love of the landscape and nature comes from daily visual and physical contact with that land.  She loved watching the way the light changed the look of the crops, the crops themselves changed as they grew through the season to harvest and the way the weather affected what she saw.  She hopes to make the viewer notice the beauty of the natural things that surround us every day and to see more intently the world around us.

The artist received her watercolor education at the De Cordova Museum School, Lincoln, MA—studying watercolor painting with Marjorie Glick and Ival Stratford Kovner; her art education at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI—an MA in Art Education and BA in Studio Art and Arts & Crafts and from Creighton University, Omaha NE, Television as Abstract Art, a six-week seminar. Besides Marjorie Glick and Ival Stratford Kovner, Joyce has studied with Marilyn Swift, Paul George, Eleanor Meldahl, Nancy Sargent Howell and Cindy Tavernise.

House portrait and other landscape or waterscape commissions are welcome in watercolor or drawing. Please contact the artist to discuss your request.  

She has exhibited in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Michigan, has work in private collections in the U.S., England, Denmark and Germany.  Joyce is a member of the New Hampshire Plein Air painters and the Concord Art Association.  

Joyce teaches watercolor classes for beginning and intermediate levels at both Minuteman Regional High School Community Ed, Lexington MA and Acton Boxborough Regional School District Community Ed, Acton MA. To register for Minuteman classes, call 781-861-7150 or check http://dev.minuteman.org/continuing-education. To register for Acton Boxborough classes, call 978-266-2525 or check http://comed.ab.mec.edu. Please contact the artist if you are interested in private lessons.