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Joyce Turk

Joyce Turk

Cloud Sheep

Originally from Ohio, I have lived and worked in the Washington D.C. area for the past 30 years.  An artist since I was a child, my father was my first teacher and coach and as I’ve matured, professional workshop instructors have added to his lessons. Among them have been Alan Flattman, Walter Bartman, John Seerey-Lester, William Herring, Albert Handell, Richard McKinley and Terry Ludwig.  

My father, who painted for pleasure, was my greatest positive influence and both of my parents encouraged me to follow my dreams. Therefore, I have combined a career in science and art.  As a student, I concentrated my studies in livestock production, graduating from Ohio State and Cornell Universities, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps-Philippine Islands. Following my two-year Peace Corps service, I backpacked alone for one year overland through Southeast Asia. My sense of adventure has led me in a myriad of directions, but my intense interest in international livestock development has guided me steadily in that career. In my position as Senior Livestock Advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development I continue to travel and paint the world’s landscapes and its animals.
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Dairy Duo

I like to describe my artistry as “a gradual transition from black to white.”  My earliest work was pencil drawings of horses then I broadened from painting primarily animals to landscapes rich in design and color. I compare exploring the world of art to exploring my own wonder-filled world, a world that encompasses the jungles of Borneo to African savannahs, the altiplano of South America to the majestic Himalayas.  Following the paths of early explorers while creating one of my own has led me toward new horizons.
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Wool Light

I am most touched by the work of Cezanne. There is something about his technique and use of color that strikes me emotionally. Although he is one of my inspirations, I do not try to copy him. However, I strive to emote through my own paintings what I feel when I am “in the moment”.

I exhibit in numerous solo shows, group exhibitions, juried shows and competitions, and twice have placed in the top 100 of over 3,000 entries in international competitions.  I have used pastels all of my life which I employ on a variety of supports, each lending a unique look and feel to my subjects.  My paintings can be found in collections in Africa, Canada, Europe, and the U.S