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Joye DeGoede (pronounced Joy Dee-Good) is the artist behind the original “JoyEful Party Animals”®. She left her 18 year art teaching career in 2012 to pursue art full time. Not long into her “grand adventure”, she realized she quit her REAL job!!! She called her favorite bunny and scotch loving Aunt. A fun idea emerged from the phone conversation. Joye was inspired to paint a little rabbit with a glass of scotch. She named him “Hop Scotch”©. The “JoyEful Party Animals”™ were born!
Her 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. Joye, says "I love painting the surrealistic mixture of animals imitating human habits and in their natural habitat. My art has taken an unanticipated fun turn. I was very serious with my subject matter and message. Life is too short not to laugh, smile and enjoy life. I haven't strayed from my original artist statement, just a "Joyeful rabbit trail."
Joye DeGoede is passionate, about her art, her life, and her limited edition book. Building on the popularity of her JoyEful Party Animals™ series, she has collaborated with her cousin, Susan Krusell, to create a picture book for grownups titled “JoyEful Party Animals: The Celebration Begins” Full color reproductions of favorite paintings, some stories and backgrounds of some of the finest distillers, brewers and mixology, this is a book with a sense of style, fun, and appreciation for the finer things of life. There are more books in the series to be released in the future!
Joye DeGoede is Head Artist in Residence at the Gallery at el Pedregal, located at the Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. Her works are in the permanent collection of the Arizona Governor's Office including Governor Brewer's official oil portrait, and the National Capitol Tree People's Choice Award winner, and in many private collections in the U.S. and abroad. DeGoede is a juried member of several professional organizations, and her works have been featured in multiple shows across the country. Some of the shows and organizations are the National Oil & Acrylic Painters Shows, International Guild of Realism, Salmagundi Club shows in NYC, several AAPL Grand National Exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club in NYC, The Mountain Oyster Club Juried Invitational Exhibitions, Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, Sonoran Arts League juried shows, AZ Art Alliance and the Scottsdale Artist's School Best and Brightest Exhibitions. There are many more. You can follow the current “JoyEful Party Animals” adventures at www.Joyesart.com
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