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Joyce Harvey

Joyce Harvey lives, works, plays and paints in Charleston SC.  She is an avid sailor and spends several months each year boating the Lowcountry marshes or sailing the east coast from the Abaco Bahamas to New England—the inspiration for much of her work.

Her art today reflects a lifelong love of the sea and sailing. While she continues to develop her artistic style, she specializes in expressive, colorful small paintings.

She began painting with palette knives; enjoying the energy, excitement, texture and vivid colors created with just a knife. Even as a child she was always drawn to paintings that make you want to touch them. She loves the added dimension of how thick paint captures but also reflects light, allowing one painting to create different moods in changing light conditions.

Along with energetic, vibrant-colored palette knife paintings she also captures the peaceful serenity of quiet marshes and seaside scenes. Observers new to her work are usually surprised to find the same artist created paintings with such dramatically different styles—her favorite compliment of all.