ARTIST STATEMENT: Joy Makon paints representational watercolors that are based on observations of daily life. Landscapes and seascapes, often with figures incorporated into the scene, come from neighborhoods in Brooklyn and from travels domestically and abroad. Light-filled color integrated with a strong composition is important to her work— and there’s always the sky. It’s often the deal-breaker when it comes to settling on a particular subject for Joy to paint. Paintings take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete as she explores the unique chemistry of water, pigment and gravity on thick, beautiful paper.
A graduate of Tyler School of Art, Joy worked for over 35 years as a magazine art director and designer. A few years ago she scaled back her design practice and now devotes most of her time to making art. She is an exhibiting artist-member of 440 Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn.