Joy was born in South Africa.
She lived for a decade in South America (Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina) then spent 5 years in Long Island, N.Y. before ending up in Canada with her husband, Donald, who had been one of Canada's ace night-intruder fighter pilots during WWII; sadly, Don died in 2009.
Joy started painting in 1969 and joined the Art Guild of Scarborough in 1970. She served in several positions on the Executive before becoming president on four separate occasions for a total of 25 years.
In 1978 she was one of the founding members of the Scarborough Arts Council and served as its president from 1979 to 1983. Honoured for her volunteer work by Recreation and Parks Ontario as "Citizen of the Year" in 1984 she has also received numerous awards for her artwork over the years.
Joy's main interest is in painting portraits but she also has fun creating small works, with found objects, called assemblage.
Apart from her many private commissions, Joy has painted 5 portraits for the Monarchist League of Canada, and 18 portraits for a Lipton Soup's 'Family Pride' contest.
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