Joy began an art career as a landscape artist. Experienced in surface design, sculpture, mold making, illustration and portraiture, her works have graced ceramic tile, dinnerware, lighting, and giftware as well as the walls of many a collector and professional athlete. In addition, she produces her own line of ceramic and cold cast designs. Her Christmas angel ornaments were used by the White House as special gifts in 1994.
With a heart for young writers and artists, she became co-founder and Senior Editor for the student publication J.A.M. Magazine (under Lifewerks, Inc.) from 1997-2000.
Currently she is completing four books for publication; a mystery for young adults, an instructional book on how to use treasure hunts to win children’s hearts, an inspirational garden book, and a non-fiction story which she is both writing and illustrating for children.
A church-planting pastor’s wife and mother of two teenagers, children’s church director, and co-founder of Lifewerks, Inc. she knows busy. Oh, and then there’s that small title of MSC Missionary for Cultural Creativity (joymsc.com) which keeps her a little busy as well. She uses art to teach and reach people for Christ, teaming up with groups such as mission teams to do outreach events and do real ministry. She and her family live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.
Joy grew up in rural Indiana, and is to this day a farm girl at heart, battling the earth for dominance in her urban garden to relieve frustration when the art, writing or parenting gets dicey.