We had the good fortune of connecting with Joye DeGoede and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joye, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My motto is work hard and play hard. If you are lucky, your “work” is play. Truthfully, I strive to be well rounded. It can be a struggle at times. Working to stay on top of the business side of art and painting can be all consuming if you let it. My paintings reflect my adventures in life. I don’t want them to become predictable or redundant. Stretching to discover new experiences and learn about others and their homes keep the adventures rolling. I try something new and out of my comfort zone each day. Every day I try to hike and keep up to date on current events.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I created and trademarked original JoyEful Party Animals® The works juxtapose reality with fantasy, inspiring the viewer to see the fun in the mundane and the vast opportunities for joy in our everyday world. “I love painting the surrealistic mixture of animals imitating human habits and in their natural habitat to bring empathy to wildlife conservation. The JoyEful Party Animals® are collected internationally. I was invited by the US Department of State Arts in the Embassy Program for an exhibit in the US Embassy in Montenegro. The paintings will be exhibited for 3 years.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
At this point in my adventures I am finding great support from Kirby Plessas and her group Curious Kirby and Heidi Huston. Dyana Hesson, April Howland and Gedion Tafadzwa Nyanhongo have encouraged me and been helpful sharing their artistic journey. I am blessed to call them friends and have them in my life..