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Portrait of Joyce Gehl

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.



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