Joyce Bell

In 1970 Joyce received a master’s degree from Towson University and taught art to elementary and middle school students for the next 30 years in the Baltimore County public schools. In 1996 she became an artist member of the prestigious Baltimore Watercolor Society and served on the board of governors for the next seven years as vice president and, the Mid-Atlantic Chair. Some of the professional artist she has studied with here and abroad, includes Serge Hollerbach, Frank Webb, Fritz Briggs, Skip Lawrence, Steve Fleming, and Carla O’Connor to name a few. She has received numerous awards in and around Baltimore including most recently the M .Graham & Company award at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional. The Baltimore Sun Paper has reviewed her paintings a number of times and her work has also appeared in the Washington and Baltimore Gallery magazine in 2011.

Presently she is teaching watercolor to adults at the Columbia Art Center and privately at her home in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Artist Statement
I have had my eye on art since childhood. It all started while watching my older brother and sister drawing cartoons. I wanted to be just like them. As soon as art classes started in school, I knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. Somehow it would always involve drawing and painting. When you see my paintings you will find quite a variety of subject matter. However, hopefully it will be evident that vibrant color and how it moves on the paper is the thread that pulls me to watercolor.