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.
All Overgrowth Is Comic 2016 watercolor on Aquabord The water pond with lilypads and koi from Wave Hill, Bronx.
New Sky, Old Buildings 2016 watercolor on paper From summer travels to Vannes, France: one of the cathedrals in the medieval waterside city.
Reality Sets In 2016 watercolor on paper Late November sunset over the Long Meadow in Prospect Park, Brooklyn.
The Japanese Garden in April 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A spring view of cherry blossoms in the Japanese Garden from Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Postcard 2016 watercolor on paper A fall vista from Wave Hill, Bronx, overlooking the Hudson River and The Palisades.
Beach Poker 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper Two guys at Coney Island hide their cards while in the swirling surf and bright sun.
Not Quite Lavender 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A closeup of blooms from Japanese Azaleas and Epimedium from my garden.
Coney Island Mondays: The Sky Reflects 2014 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A lone walker by the rocks at Coney Island. Chosen as part of the juried exhibition at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Wide Open 6 exhibition, May 2015.
Travelogue: The View from My Roof in Rome 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A late-day summer rooftop view from Rome
Forecast for an Inch 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper During a snowstorm in Prospect Park, a lone figure walks down a snow-covered path.
Polka Dots in the Sky 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A winter sky from Prospect Park
Toward Dog Beach 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper After a heavy snowfall, a dog and owner walk down the path in Prospect Park
Moira's House 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper A classic Brooklyn house and tree after a snowfall on a sunny day in winter.
Santorini 106 2014 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper Santorini Greece: a private house as seen through a gate into a sun-filled, courtyard overgrown with summer plants. Private Collection.
Along Prospect Park West 2014 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper Colorful fall foliage and historic architecture along Prospect Park
Magnolia Plaza 2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper At Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Magnolia Plaza in spring bloom.
2015 watercolor on Arches 300 pound paper After a heavy snowfall, a sunny afternoon casts beautiful colors in Prospect Park
Coney Island Mondays: On the Rocks 2014 watercolor on paper A late August seascape from the rocks on Coney Island by Sea Gate