Welcome to joyceconverse.com. I have been painting mostly landscapes in oil for the last twenty years. As my passion grew, I sought a place where I could both live and be inspired to paint. I found land at 900 feet that rises to 1300 feet in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. I named this bit of land "Willowgate” because when I first came, only a stand of willows grew here whose roots are fed year-round by an artesian spring. Because my space is wide and open, I began very early to plant natives, both to conserve water and because they clearly belong to the land. I see them every day. They are like my children and this place and its dynamism inform and inspire my painting.
Over these last fifteen years I have developed intimate relationships with this land with its 360 degree view, its behaviors, its frames of reference, its moods and attitudes, its population of plants, birds and animals. It has become an extension of my own spirit. What I see when I look is a reflection. My work is evolving as a consequence. If we can see something, it is "in materia", and if it is "in materia", it is animated by spirit -- energy -- its own unique expression of life. My painting is moving in that direction -- toward the manifestation of the spirit and the feeling of place that I see and feel. It is safe to say that 75% of my paintings are of some part of this place.
As to history, I have shown my work at the Center for Visual Arts for the San Jose Art League, at the Tait Museum in Los Gatos, at the Triton Museum in Santa Clara, at the Pacifica Center for the Arts, at St. Michael's Alley in Palo Alto, at the Marin Art Festival, through Silicon Valley Open Studios, at the Coastside Land Trust show in 2012, 2013, 2014, at Penelope's Den in Woodside, at the Main Gallery in Redwood City, at Nissan North America Research Facility and at my beautiful studio/gallery at Willowgate. If you wish to be added to my mailing list for Willowgate or any other shows, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My work was published in the spring 2010 edition of the trade publication, Studio Visit, in the January 2nd, 2013 edition of the Half Moon Bay Review where my focus on native plant restoration as it influences my art was featured, and in the seventh volume of the International Contemporary Artists art book, published jointly out of New York and Athens.
I am currently represented by Gallerie Amsterdam in Carmel, California
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