‘Picasso once said, it took me years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child’
“I grew up in Maine, where the lulling sounds of waves breaking against the shore and the din of distant fog horns were a part of my everyday existence. This simple beauty saturated my soul, is part of who I am, as expressed in my art. With many return visits to Maine as well as many inspriring trips to New York City, Italy, the South of France and other exquisite places, I have integrated the beauty of the man-made and natural environments into my work, rather than the traditional land or seascape, my paintings create a feeling of place. I believe place allows us to access those special feelings and memories that escape our usual awareness.”
Joyce Grasso was born and raised in Portland, Maine and attended college and graduate school in Connecticut. Settling in Fairfield County, she taught art for over 35 years in the Stamford and Greenwich Public Schools. Teaching at an Arts Magnet School, she led her students in the creation of more than seventy-five sets for student productions. Joyce studied at the International Center for Photography, Moma, and the Silvermine Art Guild. Throughout her career she has received several awards for her photography. Now resuming her painting, she has shown at the Bendheim and Flynn Galleries in Greenwich, Connecticut and has exhibited in many juried shows throughout fairfield county. Her photos and paintings are displayed in private collections in Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania, New York and California. She is a member of the Greenwich Art Society. Darien Arts Center, Stamford Art Association, New Canaan Society for the Arts and Westport Arts Center.