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Joy Langdon falls into the category of Islanders who came to Jersey to work the summer season and ended up staying on. She met and married a local man and raised two children.
It was when her children started school that Joy returned to her childhood passion for drawing. In fact, she says, if she was given a pencil she would be quite content for hours.
Joy studied art at Highlands College, taking day, evening and weeklong classes at the college and privately with Jersey artist Paul Kilshaw. They still paint and exhibit together today.
At first, Joy studied oil painting, but changed direction and began to draw very detailed pen and ink vignettes, before moving on to pastel and acrylics. At this point in her career, she is again working with oil paint but watercolour is her favourite medium. Her subject matter is mainly landscapes and flowers.
Her ability to work as a multi-medium artist enables her to create a wide range of work, incorporating stunning landscape paintings, detailed pen and ink drawings and vibrant watercolours.
Joy can be found most days in her studio in her garden in St Brelade though she sometimes spreads into the house where the dining room table is the perfect place to paint her watercolours.
Throughout her career Joy has worked with other local artists including fellow Genuine Jersey members such as Kathy Rondel, Lisa Le Brocq and June Gould. She is also a member of the Artworks group, the Jersey Society of Artists and the Portelet Group of Artists. Her work has also been exhibited in France.
Anyone wishing to view Joy’s work is welcome to visit her studio by appointment; this can be arranged by contacting her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org