Joyce Crellen Donahue Frederick loved painting and drawing as a child. Her interest in art is probably inherited as her forbear, Sebastien Bourdon, was a 17th century French artist who has paintings in museums around the world, including 12 paintings in the Louvre Museum in Paris. As a teenager, Joyce attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School. When it came to choosing a career, like many women of that era, she chose something much more utilitarian, becoming a Registered Nurse, a profession she has worked in all her life.
While raising her four children in Needham, MA, she took courses at the New England School of Art and Design as well as working directly with individual artists such as Selma Bromberg, from whom she learned monotype printing, wood cuts, and etching. She studied portrait painting for four years with the late Robert Cormier of the Boston School.
When she moved to Dunstable, MA in 1994, she became a juried member of the Dunstable Artisans and sold her first paintings at their annual show and sale. Her home was on the original annual Dunstable Artisan’s Tour. She also painted the “Dunstable Diorama” as a fund raiser for the Dunstable Free Library which continues today. She had her work chosen for the Women’s Imaging Center at the Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital in Ayer, MA. She has exhibited her work at the Beacon Hill Art Walk where she won Honorable Mention. She exhibited her work at Gallery 53 in Gloucester for many years until she purchased her dream home with studio on Cape Cod.
Joyce still participates in workshops with other artists who take a painting trip every year with Charles Gruppe.
Joyce’s artwork may be seen in person at Bungalow in Chatham, MA or by appointment at her studio in Centerville, MA.
Some of her favorite subjects are people and places she visits, landscapes and seascapes in her local area. She has published a calendar with 13 of her favorite paintings many years and has a 2019 addition.