1. About Joyce Kamikura
Joyce was one of the first Canadians to be bestowed Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society (NWS – U.S.A.). She was also one of the first women to be given the top ranking in the Federation of Canadian Artists as a Senior Signature Member (SFCA). Exhibitions of her works in national and international juried exhibitions have earned her many articles internationally. Some of these include the books, Painting Composition (US), Painting Color (US), Abstract in Watercolor (US), Best of Watercolor (US), Looking In, Lookingout (Canada); the magazines , American Artists (US), Art Impressions (Canada), Asahi Graph (Japan), Watercolour Gazette (Canada); International Artists (Australia); Viewpoint, (Canada) and the dailies, Vancouver Sun (Canada), and Times Colonist (Canada).
Joyce works in her studio in Richmond, B.C., painting in oils and in water based mediums including watercolour, mixed media, collage and acrylic. But her work also takes her outside her studio. She has painted large colorful and historical murals in Chemainus, B.C., and in Kenora, Ontario. She also conducts workshops in Canada and abroad.
Joyce was born in Steveston, B.C., spent her first 4 years in the internment camp, Lemon Creek, B.C., then in Japan for 9 years. Her return to Canada took her to Montreal for 2 years then back to Richmond. Years after obtaining her Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration Degree from the University of B.C., she studied art at Kwantlen and Langara colleges.
My Paintings represent my personal response to my environment. My ideas are not whole but fragments of what fascinate me and are seeds from which my works begin to develop. As a result, although my works undoubtedly have roots in my daily living, they may be a good deal removed from reality; some of them may be quite representational while others become abstracts.
By exaggerating vibrant colours, entertaining visual textures and other elements of design I take my painting mediums beyond their traditional execution; into mixed water media, acrylic, collage and oil. A subject leads to an idea. Then it becomes an immediate cause for me to paint, ultimately experiencing fun and struggle of permutations and possibilities deriving from that idea. It is not so much in the final product, but in the process and struggle to bring all elements together to function in harmonious presentation in a painting, that I derive so much satisfaction and pleasure as an artist.
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