Born 1945 in Cheshire, Joy was raised in the North of England alongside the Trent and Mersey Canal, where her grandparents worked on the boats. Joy made her home in Wales some 60 years ago and lives now in an old dairy in the Nant Ffrancon near Bethesda.

Joy employs a variety of media and wants her work to celebrate the ordinary “untrumpeted” scenes of life: a child in the landscape, a family group, flowers in a jar, still life in a domestic setting ......and dogs!

For many years she taught drama and literature in schools, besides teaching art to adults.

She has five children and grandchildren, who often find their way into her work, and was married to the late Roy Ostle a past Vice President of the Academy.

Joy belongs to a tradition of women painters whose work reflects the unheroic, intimate world that is the life of a family.

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