It began for Joy in about 1999 when a friend invited her to join a watercolor group to paint just for fun. It was her first experience with watercolor and was the first time she had painted in about 20 years. With help from her friends she was learning and loving it. She completed a watercolor class at OWCC and began attending workshops for watercolor as well as acrylic, oil and silk. She began joining art organizations, entering art shows and festivals. The award she is most proud of is the calendar cover art for Arts and Design Society because the winner is selected by the other artists in the group. As her painting began to sell, Joy started showing in local shops and galleries.