meet the artist

I live and work overlooking Buck Bay on Orcas Island in the Salish Sea in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 

My relationship with the environment is just as much a part of my practice as my work in the studio. I see nature as a way of life. I spend days hiking with my dog through beautiful forests and along cliffs overlooking the water, cruising aboard our 37-foot sailboat, crabbing, taking photographs, cooking, gardening and creating artwork in my studio.

My paintings are a visual exploration of my communion
with nature. The earth speaks to me, and I respond
by creating dreamscapes that reflect what I hear and see.

I create an altered representation of the world as seen through my minds eye. A place where color, texture, nature and form combine to elicit feelings of calm, unrest, joy, love, contemplation. 


Joyce Gehl is a mixed-media artist, combining digital imagery, paint and resin to create paintings of her experiences of, and reverence for, the natural world.  Her art has been featured in exhibitions in Seattle, Atlanta, Santa Fe and Scottsdale. She is included in corporate and private collections in the United States and South America. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Santa Barbara and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Joyce works in her Orcas Island  studio in the San Juan Islands.

Selected list of exhibits

2021   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Vibrations, Seattle

2019   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, The Wanderess, Seattle

           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 25th Annual Group                              Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2018   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Softly Falling, Seattle

           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 24th Annual Group                              Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2017   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Dondolare, Seattle

           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 23rd Annual Group                              Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2016   The Marshall Gallery,

               Window to Nature, Scottsdale

2015   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Seeds, Seattle, WA

2014   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, The Way Through,


 Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 22nd Annual Group                     Exhibition, Seattle, WA

2013   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 21st Annual Group          

               Exhibition, Seattle, WA
           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Forgotten Garden, Seattle, 

2012   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Filtered Dreams, Seattle
           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, 20th Annual Group    

               Exhibition, Seattle
           Selby Fleetwood Gallery, Winter Gatherings Group                Exhibition, Santa Fe NM

2011   Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Flight of the Caterpillar,    

           R&F Encaustics, April Artist of the Month
           Pryor Fine Art, Introductions, Atlanta GA
           Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Annual Group Show,                            Seattle

2010    Patricia Rovzar Gallery, Invasive Beauty, Seattle, 
            Patricia Rovzar Gallery, group exhibition, Seattle
            The Building, West Seattle Art Walk, Seattle, WA

2009    Patricia Rovzar Gallery, group exhibition, Seattle
            Western Bridge, Poncho Invitational Fine Art                           Exhibition, Seattle
            The Building, West Seattle Art Walk, Seattle, WA

2008    The Building, Group Holiday Show, Seattle, WA

2007    Pratt Fine Arts Center, UW Medical Center,                             Seattle, WA
            Matt’s in the Market, Seattle WA, 2006

1985    Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA

1984    Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA


Gehl Design Inc., Illustration and Design, 1989 – 2008


St Clare Hospital
True Family Womens Cancer Center
UW Hospital and Medical Center
Franciscan Health System, St Claire Hospital
Bellevue Club, Seattle WA
Swedish Hospital, Seattle WA
Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup WA
The Larrabee Center, Bellevue WA
Carol Milgard Breast Center, Tacoma WA


1986    Art Center College of Design, BFA, Art
1979    University of California at Santa Barbara, BA,

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