Artist Joyce Wynes shares her inspiration, goals and business experience. Enjoy!
ABI: What has most influenced your work over the years?
JW: There are three elements that have influenced my work as I have researched the meaning behind what I do: sewing and quilting that I did as a young girl, the women’s rights movement and the work of Picasso.
My mother sat me down at an old Singer sewing machine when I was nine years old and taught me the basics of sewing. By the time I reached my teens, I was creating my own pattern pieces and making most of my own clothes. These early experiences stimulated and developed my avid interest in repetitive patterns, designs, shapes, symbols, lines, textures and color combinations and designing these elements in my paintings in a way that worked together in groups. I didn’t realize how much of a profound influence this was for my art until I started painting non-representational abstracts in 2010.
While I had always been a women’s rights advocate, my second influence reared its head when I went to college in the 80’s.I was stunned to see through my art history courses that women artists were not represented in the history books or in the art dialogue. And reading articles from current art history writers, they are still not represented adequately today. I made a decision to put my voice about this issue in some of my paintings and continue to do so today. After graduating, I immediately painted “Women In Art, Where Are They” and took 1st place in a 12 County Exhibition in Upstate NY.
My third influence is Picasso. I felt a kinship with his work from my first glimpse. When I visited his museum in Paris, I could have stayed there forever.
ABI: Tell us about the new abstract work you are making.
JW: Several years ago, I decided to try my hand at non-representational abstracts and almost immediately, a new way of looking at my painting process was revealed, as well as, the exposing of my art “roots” and their meaning to my creative life. I was breaking my boundaries with experimentation and putting paint to canvas without sketching beforehand with no clue where it was going to go except using my instincts from the past. And it felt so comfortable to be there. While I will continue the non-representational abstracts, my next experiment is to try to capture that same creative spirit with some of my figurative work.
ABI: What have you learned from your business background that you can apply to selling your paintings today?
JW: While the fine art business is a whole different world from my professional illustration and graphic design business just because the later is more structured and commercial in its nature, I use many of the professional techniques that I developed working with my clients to sell my services.
While I am now a full-time fine artist, I still stick to some important basics such as organizing my time efficiently, making sure I meet deadlines to establish trust, setting goals, approaching all the different people that I need to grow my business and knowing how to research what I need to know. Of course, having a business background helps a lot. And, most important to my success is continuing my education by attending workshops, webinars, etc. to keep going forward, especially in today’s world.
ABI: Where do you want to go now?
JW: My next goal is to approach galleries in other regions of the country for representation. I had postponed that because of the economy, but now that that is improving, I feel it is time to go on to that next level. And I want to continue to experiment and evolve my paintings.