Joyce Grasso 
www.Joycegrasso.com


Artist Statement

As Picasso said- “It took me years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”.


During my thirty-five plus years of teaching, I was always in awe of my students playful and fearless art-making process. Broad strokes and bright palettes were charged with energy and a joy to behold. Noiw, as I resume my career as a painter, I approach the blank canvas with the same ethos. Years  of making art with children has left me with an affinity for bold colors, reflective strokes, multiple layers, and varied textures.

I grew up in Maine where the lulling sounds of crashing waves and the din of the distant foghorn were part of my everyday life. This simple calm is part of my soul and I love going back to Maine to visit. With many return trips to Maine, as well as many visits to Italy, the south of France and other inspiring destinations, I have integrated the beauty of the natural environments into my work. Rather than the traditional landscape, my paintings create “a feeling of place”. I believe that feeling allows us to access those special memories that escape our usual awareness.

Biography 

Joyce was raised in Portland, Maine. Settling in Fairfield County, she taught art in Stamford, CT and Greenwich, CT Public Schools for over 35 years, including twenty nine years at the Westover Magnet School, an arts centered magnet program. She has studied at The International School of Photography, NYC, Silvermine School of Art, New Canaan, CT and The Greenwich Art Society School of Art, Greenwich, CT.
Throughout her career she has received several awards for her paintings, collages, and street photography and most recently was awarded Best In Show at the Pequot Library juried show, “Wet Paint” and The Dagny A. Hultgreen Award for Oil/Acrylic at the Bendheim Gallery juried show, “Unity In Diversity”.
Her artwork is collected from Maine to California, with five of her paintings hanging in the permanent collection at Stamford Hospital. Her work has been featured in Maine Home and Design, Off The Wall Catalog 2019, Serendipity Magazine, Maine Art Annual Guide, and 
Old Port Magazine.
Joyce is represented by the Portland Art Gallery in Portland, Maine, The Drawing Room in Cos Cob, CT, and the Southport Galleries in Southport, CT. In addition, she is represented online by 
Artcloud.com and Contemporary Art Network. Joyce is a juried member of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford, CT where she maintains her studio.
 

Joyce Grasso
The Crit Lab Joyce Grasso
“It Must Be Magic,” 2019, Acrylic on Canvas with mixed media, 20” x 20”

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“Aperol Sunset,” 2019, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

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“The Bridge,” 2018, Acrylic on Canvas, 30” x 40”

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The Crit Lab Joyce Grasso
“Key Lime,” 2017, Acrylic on Canvas, 24” x 24”

The Crit Lab Joyce Grasso


The Crit Lab Joyce Grasso


The Crit Lab Joyce Grasso