Doing this particular blog warmed my heart like no other. I am about to tell you about my experience with the woman who created the new banner above for our blog “Precious Art By Precious People.” Take a moment to enjoy its beauty.
When I phoned Joyce for an interview I had no idea she would even try to speak with me, as she is very shy when speaking about herself. I was lucky. Her Cerebral Palsy has left her paralyzed from birth and she only has use of her left side and left hand. She told me she didn’t like to speak because she didn’t think she could be understood. Luckily my sister Sara had been a speech pathologist her whole life and she taught me the one thing about her profession was always to have patience. So Joyce and I began our wonderful conversation.
Joyce was born in Ft. Lauderdale in the beautiful Sunshine State of Florida. She told me she has had a love of painting from the time she went to a school for the handicapped through the United Cerebral Palsy which gave her the opportunity to paint.
Her beloved art teacher taught her how to paint with her canvas upside down. She explained how your eyes see everything upside down first and then your brain turns it right side up. With the course of time drawing right side up became easier.
Her love of nature inspires her: flowers, landscapes, birds, and seascapes to name a few. Her artwork takes anywhere from one week to a few months just to do one painting. She told me she originally painted with oils and acrylics but that she really didn’t like it. When her beloved art teacher passed away, Joyce stopped painting for seven years.
Fortunately for the world, Joyce was gifted with a computer and she felt her calling for painting had come back. She found a program on the computer which taught her to paint with the computer as her canvas and as you can see from her Thasc greeting cards, the beauty of her work captures our souls.
I called Joyce this morning and left a message for her that I wanted to speak to her about the blog before it went to print. She called me right back. I told her that her Thasc pocket planner from 2015 “Look What Nature Can Do” sold out in November. She was astounded!!!
Her “Pompano Light House “ will be the 2016 pocket planner for Thasc. You can see more art by Joyce HERE.
The last thing she said to me today after I told her about her pocket planner selling out was “ I didn’t know I was so loved!” I told her “Joyce”, you are loved more than you know!!”
What an inspiring opportunity for me. The world thanks you, Joyce, and Thasc for bringing your art into our lives.
Please send your comments about Joyce to www.preciousartbypreciouspeople.org
See you Thursday!