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Watercolor Art Inspired by the Local Environment Joy Stein has been keeping an illustrated journal since the age of ten and painting with watercolors since 1995. While she participates in many mediums such as photography, letterpress printing, graphic design, bookmaking and collàge, Joy spends the majority of her time sketching and illustrating her journals.
Because of the inspiring environment, her art has been significantly influenced by the desert sandstone surroundings. Color plays an important role in her vision—where cadmium orange cliffs and violet shadows are some of the signatures of her style. Joy is a self-taught artist, with beginnings in Walker Evans’ rural south, meandering through industrial Pittsburgh and Washington, DC and a rooted sense of place in the desert southwest.
Joy spends most of her time in Zion Canyon, but her art also reflects visits to Joshua Tree, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park. She has traveled many exotic and influential places including Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Indonesia, Thailand and several countries in Europe.
She has been represented by DeZion Gallery in Springdale, Utah for several years and has shown her diverse artwork in venues such as Zion National Park, the Salt Lake City Library system, Cedar City and St. George, Utah as well as Jackson, Wyoming and Ventura, California.