A native of North Carolina and one of ten girls, Joyce always loved to draw especially from the human figure. Her education began at the New York Art Student’s League, studying under Robert Brackman and William Draper.
Intrigued with the impressionist approach to full color, Joyce was directed by Charles Sovek to the Cape Cod School of Art in Provincetown, which was founded by Charles Hawthorne. There, her eyes were opened to how light affect color and how to see and interpret that light, thereby creating her radiant palette. While spending time at the Cape, Joyce was personally mentored by the American impressionist Sam Barber, who was the protégé of Henry Henche.
Joyce works in oils, using painting knives as well as brushes. Her favorite subjects include: figures, boats and floral still life. Joyce Norwood offers a different approach to landscape. Her palette knife technique, use of vibrant color, and keen eye give her work a freshness that has not been seen before. Joyce has won many regional awards for her work and is recognized for her outstanding use of color and subject matter.
Joyce says of her work “I love to paint everything beautiful under the sun, and my luminous paintings are a reflection of my spirit and positive approach to life”.