In the late 1970s, I met artist Joyce Eide in the town of Lindos, located in the south-east of Rhodes Island. Lindos was famous for its white cubist houses packed tightly around winding cobblestone streets, and for its community of artists. I loved Joyce’s art work and we continued contact while we both lived in Greece, and then in California. But we lost touch for many years. Luckily, I found Joyce on a Google search through Artexchange.com. Part of that write up is in this blog post. I’ve also posted a few of my favorite paintings, personal photos of the masks, colorful fused glass jewelry and a rich orange fused glass plate. Visit artexchange.com Joyce Eide to read her full resume and click on available art work at the end.
A few months ago in June, 2014 while on a ten day vacation in Kirkland, WA, I called Joyce to rekindle our friendship. She was receptive to a visit and my son Jeff and I drove to her gallery home on Vashon Island, a short ferry boat ride from West Seattle. It seemed only yesterday that we had spent time together. That’s how it is with true lifelong friends! Granted we were both much older now, and Joyce, due to health problems, hasn’t been able to continue with her art work. Still the large gallery room was bright with natural light that showed every beautiful detail of her paintings, masks, ceramic pieces, fused glass jewelry and fused glass plates. It was a color burst of emotion and thought. And such a joy to spend time again with a dear friend!
I live on a small island in a large historical building, a former general store and post office built in 1910. A remodel of this building has produced a studio and gallery, now christened “The Old Dockton Store Gallery” where current works of mine and local artists are on display.
The primary force of my professional life has been exploring new pathways in communicating experience through a wide variety of art forms, including children’s books, posters, packages, record album covers, illustrations for national magazines, and animation film backgrounds.
Reaction to my work has convinced me that spiritual longing, emotion and thought shaped and compressed into form evokes a universal response. My recent work in creating masks has the goal of creating symbols of the commonality of the human spirit, and the oneness of the human beings with the natural world.
A Favorite Framed Image – The Young, the Older and Purple Flowers
JOYCE EIDE’S ARTWORK – A FEW FAVORITES