2024 Plein-Air Artists

Joy McMicken

Binghamton, NY

About the Artist

Joy was born and raised in Binghamton, NY,  returning after 12 years of living in different states and in Europe. While in Europe; she traveled the countryside, visiting castles, chapels, museums, monasteries, churches and concentration camps ,while reveling in the splendid architecture, sculptures, fresco and paintings from centuries long past. 

She graduated from Art Instruction School and continued her studies at  American Intercontinental University for her BFA. She has studied from such fine artists as Fred J, Sklenar, Lauren Floden, Carlton J.Manzano, Sandra Angelo, Doreen Spoor,  Matthew Archambault, Orazio Salati, Warren Thomas, Amy Williams McLaren, Patrick McPhee,  Daniel Mosner, Joseph Q. Daily and Brian Keeler.  Along with supplementing her continuing education with books, workshops and online courses- the web is a cornucopia of information. 

Joy spends quality time in her studio-located  where she is able to socialize with other artists & the public.  She participates in life drawing  and she has a en plein aire group meeting several times a month- returning to her studio with a variety of studies and usually with alla prima painting. Using a wide range of mediums, usually employing either oil or graphite, to explore color and contrast in a world where many people miss the opportunity to see the mysteries and magic all around us.

Joy has received Honorable Mention for watercolors and both a 2nd place & Honorable Mention in Oil with the honor of having her

paintings in private collections on both coasts. Most of her art has been in exhibitions in the local area;  Broome County Arts Council  Binghamton NY, Windsor Whip Works Art  Center Windsor NY,   FAAST Gallery Johnson City NY,  Willow Point nursing home Vestal NY, General Hospital Binghamton NY, City Hall Binghamton NY, Broome County Public Library Binghamton NY, GNG Art Gallery Binghamton NY, Art Instruction Schools Minneapolis MN, RB Artistry & The Markers Market Newark Valley, Ny,  True Friends Animal Shelter  Montrose PA, Cooperative Gallery Binghamton NY and Bundy Museum Binghamton, Ny.

"Cliffs Over Lake Willoughby" by Joy McMicken

“Cliffs Over Lake Willoughby”