Joy returned to art after retiring from a teaching career in Halifax. Building on previous experience with drawing and watercolour, she started working in acrylic in 2015, and has recently focused her interest on figure painting. Deriving subject matter from the people and places in Nova Scotia and from her travels, Joy draws inspiration from natural forms and from the extraordinariness of ordinary places and things. Her paintings exhibit a passion for colour, an attention to light, shadow, and composition, and a sensitivity to the beauty that surrounds us.
Joy received the Honourable Mention Award for Landscapes at the 2018 Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotia juried show. She recently received the Pauline Manning Award (First in Show) and the Best in Category for Figures at the 2019 Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotia juried show.