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Joyce Bagwell About

I didn__™t sit down with a college catalog and decide to be an artist when I grew up. Art was as much a part of me as my brown hair. Though having a family was also important enough to me that I put off my formal art career until my children were older, art has been a constant source of comfort when I needed it, distraction when I didn__™t, and a means of bringing many wonderful people into my life. Painting, drawing, weaving and using the computer for design all fulfill my need to create and to constantly learn and expand my craft. Trying a new technique is, for me, akin to a teenager opening a birthday present; I__™m growing, but still have that touch of child delight with the unexpected that comes along now and then. I love color. There are so many hues given to us, it seems selfish to latch onto just a few and use them to the exclusion of the rest. Color carries its own beauty and when I bring several colors together, it can be breathtaking or heart-wrenching. I hope my work communicates the simple, yet many times conflicting, emotions color inspires in us. That is my goal; to communicate the awe I feel when I see beauty all around me. I may never reach the proficiency of a Michelangelo, but I feel the same excitement expressed in his work. I continue to strive for excellence through education and experimentation. I hope others feel my passion. Add Comment



BFA- Eastern Illinois University

In progress

A.A.- Parkland College

Graduated 1986


Second Place

Covered Bridge Art Association__™s Associates__™ Show-2008

Third Place

Covered Bridge Art Association__™s Associates__™ Show-2008

Ruth C. Boyd Cook Scholarship Award- 2007

First Place

Sidney Artist Guild Winter Art Show-2006

Best in Show

Sidney Artist Guild Summer Art Show-2005

Professional Memberships

Sidney Artists Guild- charter member

Covered Bridge Art Association

40North│88West (Champaign County Art Association)

Work Experience



Magpie Moon Studio client/collector lists available upon request

Oil Painting Instruction at several locations throughout U.S. work samples can be seen here

Sidney Community Library

Library Director 2004-2007


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