Joy originally trained as a graphic designer. She developed her drawing and watercolour painting during five years living on the Chatham Islands, painting the landscape and portraits of the islanders. Moving to Europe where she lived for fifteen years, Joy studied art at graduate and post graduate level in universities in France, Holland and Italy. Returning to New Zealand she began teaching art part time and became involved with Wellington art, participating in various exhibitions and events. Joy paints scenes of the city in her own signature style, making full use of those typical New Zealand blues and greens that define the landscape.
See previously sold paintings from Joy here