Plein Air Impressionist Paintings by Joyce Pekala

Joyce Pekala

Joyce is an award-winning plein air artist. She loves painting with oils and favors landscapes. Plein air was first used by the French Impressionists and means "in the open air." 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 Georgia O'Keeffe.

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.

Joyce was selected to be an Artist in Residence at Yosemite National Park by the Yosemite Renaissance Board. The painting "Indian Village Yosemite" is now in the permanent collection of The Yosemite Museum Gallery, Yosemite National Park. Her work has also been exhibited at the Palm Springs and Borrego Springs Art Museums. 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


Land of Sunlight, Contemporary Paintings of San Diego County

San Diego Flora, by James Lightner

Southwest Art Magazine, May and September of 2005