ARTISTJoyce Stratton

I am a mixed media abstract artist, working with acrylic, ink, oil pastel and collage elements. My paintings are on birch panel with a bass wood cradle. I begin most of my work based on words or phrases, it’s the impetus for the paintings, giving me direction on color, shapes line and texture. I have always said I paint an idea or concept not a specific thing.

I have been fortunate to receive four residency awards
to Cill Rialaig in the west of Ireland, in 2013, 2015, 2017
and 2019. My time there had a big influence on my
work. I have been a professional artist for 20 years, so coming to this career late, after working in a hospital for 20 years. We moved to New Bern from northern Virginia in 2005. I have studio in my home and also a Studio in downtown New Bern.