Painting Our West Coast Scenes: Joy Peirson

Joy Peirson paints the west coast views she sees every day in and around Vancouver. Her portfolio is filled with inspiring views from the iconic Science World, that greeted so many new visitors to Vancouver Expo to the bustling port docks where ships load and unload their colorful wares.

Joy’s style of painting is pretty impressionistic, definitely not realistic. Her muse is E.J. Hughes, known for his passion and painting of the west coast of Canada.

I try and give the feel of a place. I love colour so my paintings are bright.

From the minute Joy could hold a brush she has been painting. She shares as a little girl her mother set up a little table with pencils, crayons, and paints where she would work alongside her mother. She has not stopped painting since.

Exploring What The World Holds

Joy’s outlook on life has been one of embracing opportunity and following her curiosity in exploring what the world holds. She accredits this to growing up in an eclectic household where uniqueness was appreciated and respected, even when it might be considered disruptive.

She shares an amusing story about her creative mother painting their entry a shocking red and then softening the blow to her nuclear physicist husband by sending a neighbor over with a gin and tonic when he arrived home after work.

Joy’s father valued “a real job that earns money” and so Joy became a teacher as opposed to going to art school. It has afforded her the opportunity to travel and work around the world all the while painting.

From the United Arab Emirates to Cambodia, Borneo, and back to the west coast, Joy’s took along a key piece of wisdom;

Believe in yourself and do things wholeheartedly.

What she has learned is that you can do whatever you set your mind to. If you work hard you will reach your goal.


Getting To Know Joy

When have you been most satisfied in your life?

A difficult answer as there have been many times, babies, weddings, and so on but, the most recent time was getting on the plane to go to Cambodia where I was due to start working. I had been recently divorced and life was difficult, but I was thrilled I had pulled myself together to be offered a job in Cambodia, and also to accept it.

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Joy Peirson In Cambodia

If you could meet anyone for lunch, who would it be?

I would love to meet my Dad for lunch.

What is the best advice you ever received?

Always keep going.

What do you need to make more room in your life for?

I need to make more time for my grandchildren.

If you could learn anything new what would it be?

I would like to learn more painting techniques that will enhance the beautiful west coast scenery.

What is your key strength?

I trust my abilities, my decisions, my survival instincts.

Learn More

To purchase art see ROAM Gallery

Visit Joy’s website:

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram: joypeirsonart

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Sherry Kallergis
Sherry Kallergis

Sherry loves creating and pulling together things, values her eclectic group of friends living fascinating lives around the globe, is an eloquent listener, can’t write worth a damn, but loves a great story and is a sponge soaking up new tips that will help make her (and your) life extraordinaire!

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