Joyce is an award-winning plein air artist. The term plein air means "in the open air" and was first used by the French Impressionists. She has painted in Giverny, France at the home and garden of the famous French Impressionist Claude Monet. Monet is named as one of her strongest influences as well as Henri Matisse, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, and Nicolai Fechin.
Her work is modern in approach and is known for strong compositions, purposeful strokes and vivid color palettes. Her paintings evoke moods and capture fleeting moments on canvas. You can often find Joyce painting at the edge of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean or capturing the immense grandeur of Yosemite National Park. In fact, Joyce was selected to be an Artist-in-Residence at Yosemite National Park by the Yosemite Renaissance Board. Her work has also been exhibited at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Joyce has a degree from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
California Art Club
Laguna Plein Air Painters, LPAPA
Plein Air Painters of Chicago, PAPC
Plein Air Painters of San Diego, PAPASAN
Sargent Art Group
Southern California Plein Air Painters, SOCALPAPA
Land of Sunlight, Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County
San Diego Flora, by James Lightner
Southwest Art Magazine, May and September of 2005
Yosemite Speaks, by Joyce Pekala