The "Joye" of Art 3

A Local Scottsdale Artist Enjoys Inspiring People to See the ‘Fun in the Mundane’

Joye DeGoede was just 10 years old when she won her first coloring contest and had some of her artwork commissioned.

In an effort to channel their daughter’s creative ambitions—and probably redirect DeGoede’s penchant for carving into mirrors and painting on walls—her parents enrolled her in private art lessons.

As DeGoede grew up and entered the working world, she never lost her passion for painting. She began working as an art teacher for private and public school systems, but always found time for her own projects.

“When I was working full time, I would create on my off hours. There were many late nights and early mornings. What is funny is that it never seemed to be ‘work,’ just pure bliss,” she says.

In 2012, DeGoede quit her job of 18 years and became a self-employed artist.

“I decided to take the jump into being a full-time, self-employed artist. I wanted to have time to paint all day in my studio,” she says.

Since then, the Scottsdale resident has stayed quite busy following her penchant for painting. In fact, DeGoede says she continues to learn and find something new to love about art every day.

“Every step on my path as an artist has new lessons. Right now, one of those new lessons is being the head artist in residence at the Sonoran Arts League Gallery at el Pedregal,” she says.

DeGoede, who works primarily with oil paints, but also uses pen and ink, pastels, graphite pencils and colored pencils, says her work falls into the “representational realism/surrealism” category.

“What I mean is my work juxtaposes 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. I incorporate the technical skills with a fun story,” she says.

This playful depiction of animals acting as humans—which DeGoede calls the “JoyEful Party Animals” series—inspired DeGoede to take an “unanticipated, fun turn” with her work.

“I was very serious about my subject matter in the past,” she says, adding that she used to paint very traditional subjects like landscapes, still life, florals, architecture and portraits of pets and people, including Arizona’s past Governor, Jan Brewer.

“All that changed when I was searching for my ‘artistic voice,” she says.

After enjoying cocktails with her “fun Aunt Joye,” DeGoede’s namesake, and a fan of scotch and rabbits, DeGoede painted a little rabbit and a glass of scotch for her beloved aunt.

“I titled him ‘Hop Scotch,’ and when I posted him on my website and social media, he sold before I could send it to her.”

“Hop Scotch” sold so well that DeGoede decided to try painting other animals with their “drinks.”

After this, the “JoyEful Party Animals” series was born.

“People are passionate about their animals and beverage of choice. I have people bringing me their favorite bottles of alcohol, drinking glasses, and their pets to paint,” she says, adding that during a 10-month period in 2016 she painted and sold over 65 “JoyEful Party Animals.”

DeGoede has now compiled many of the images into a book titled “The JoyEful Party Animals – The Celebration Begins.”

Thinking about her artwork, DeGoede says she hopes her work will cause people to slow down for awhile and to see everyday life from a different viewpoint—and smile.

“I love making people smile and laugh. Life is too short not to focus on the good things in our world.”

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