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 Joyce Lee Pike  (1929 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: still life, sea-landscape, figure

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A native of San Fernando, California, she became a painter of exquisite, impressionist floral still lifes and landscapes.

She devoted her adult life to giving painting instruction to would-be artists, and for seventeen years, taught at Los Angeles Valley College and twenty- nine years at the Art League of Los Angeles. She has also taught in Arizona at the Scottsdale Artists School.

A signature member of Oil Painters of America, Artists of America, and Women Artists of the American West, she is the author of three how-to-paint books and has produced forty-five one-hour demonstration video tapes. She began her career at age seventeen and painted house murals to support her family.

Recognition includes an American Artists Professional League Grand National Award for Florals, and United States Air Force personnel chose one of her portraits to hang in the Pentagon.

Known for her sumptuous floral still lifes as well as her teaching talent, Joyce Pike began her formal art training in California with Sergei Bongart and later continued with Viona Ann Kendall and Hal Reed. For seventeen years, she taught art at Los Angeles Valley College and for twenty-nine years she taught at the Art League of Los Angeles. She has regularly conducted workshops at the Scottsdale Artist School and the Artist Workshop Tour Agency in Chula Vista, California.

Pike has asserted that "anyone with knowledge should share it," and committed to this philosophy, in addition to her teaching, she has lectured widely on Impressionism and painting and has written several books, the most recent being Painting Flowers with Joyce Pike, published in 1992 by North Light Books. Other books by her and published by North Light Books are Painting Floral Still Lifes and Oil Painting: A Direct Approach. She is also the author of forty-eight one-hour instructional videotapes on painting floral still lifes, landscapes, seascapes, marine life and portraits.

She is a native of San Fernando, California and was first encouraged to be an artist by one of her Catholic nun teachers. In school, Pike worked on theater arts scene design and photography and earned money painting murals for people's private homes, charging thirty-five dollars a wall. She has earned numerous awards including the 1993 Grand National Award from the American Artists Professional League. One of her portraits is in the Smithsonian collection. Memberships include Oil Painters of America, Illinois Artists of America, Salmagundi Club, American Portrait Society, American Institute of Fine Arts, and Women Artists of the American West.

The style of her painting combines Realism and Impressionism, and her canvases convey a sense of lushness and luxury. Roses are a favorite subject. "The perfect rose is just an ideal. You have to make it come alive." But judging by her work, she loves all flowers, and usually combines them with other objects such as chairs, dishes, and curtains. Her florals tend to be more precise than her landscapes, seascapes, which are atmospheric and undoubtedly influenced by the mood she feels living near the ocean and the mountains.

The Taos Gallery Scottsdale

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