About the Artist

Josy decided she was an artist in kindergarten. In 1979, Josy graduated from Waterloo University with an Honours BA in Fine Art. Her paintings have hung in over 95 juried shows and solo shows in regional and commercial galleries in Southwestern Ontario and across Canada. In 2013 Josy paintings hung in two exhibitions in Regional galleries, Fluid Explorations, featuring the paintings of four artist at the Judith and Norton Alix Art Gallery in Sarnia, ON and Inventive Women: Reinterpreting the Canadian Landscape the works of five Canadian Women at the Woodstock Art Gallery. Josy is an elected member of the CSPWC (Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour), the OSA (Ontario Society of Artists) and is an Elected Member, Honorary Member and Past President of the SCA (Society of Canadian Artists).

Her work graced the cover of the October 2012 issue of Watercolor Artist Magazine, and was the subject of a feature article, “The Surface of Light”. She was published in International Artist’s Magazine in 2011, 2006, 2004 in a feature article, White Light” , in 2001 in the Canadian Showcase for Master Painters of the World and in the Magazine’s book, “100 Ways to Paint Favorite Subjects”.Her most recent awards include the 2014 Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition, Etobicoke, 2013 Mayor’s Choice Award, Paint Ontario, 2012 Larry & Patricia Gibson Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition, Halifax, 2012 Award of Merit – 44th Annual SCA Open National Juried Exhibition.

Josy lives in an oak savannah forest adjacent to the Pinery Provincial Park with her husband Gord. Their growing family enjoys being together especially canoetripping in the wilderness. Josy is constantly inspired by miracles in nature and compelled to paint and share her eyes’ interpretation with others. While nature is the inspiration for Josy’s work, sunlight is the primary subject of her paintings. Josy paints sunlight’s effects on colour. Her watercolour paintings are created using an original technique of dividing the paper’s surface into jewels of transparent colour that overlap to create more colour fragmentation. Her watercolours on yupo are painted in a subtractive technique Josy developed. Currently Josy has been painting an Encaustic Series. When you understand Josy’s paintings it will change the way you see when you walk a forest trail or travel a river.

Awards

2019 - Best New Exhibitor Award – ArtExpo New York, Pier 90, New York, NY, USA
2019 - Spotlight Program Award – ArtExpo New York, Pier 90, New York, NY, USA
2018 - Antoinette Stevens Best in Show- SCA Juried Members, Gainsborough Gallery, Calgary, AB
2016 - DeSerres Award – Water Reflections CSPWC Juried Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, TO, ON
2014 - Award of Merit – SCA Members Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery, TO, ON
2013 - Mayor’s Choice Purchase Award- Paint Ontario, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2012 - Larry & Patricia Gibson Award of Merit – SCA Elected Members, Halifax Club, Halifax, NS
2012 - Award of Merit- 44Th SCA Open National Juried Exhibition, Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 - Curry’s Art Store Winsor & Newton Product Award
Open Water 86th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2011 - Finalist – Art Prize Challenge No. 61 Landscapes, International Artist Magazine, Feb./ Mar.
2010 - A.J. Casson Award
Open Water 85th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 - Best in Show – Paint Ontario Lambton, Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2009 - Award of Merit – SCA Integration, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON
2009 - Honourable Mention – Paint Ontario, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2007 - Purchase Award – Paint Ontario, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2006 - 2nd Place Painting- Paint Ontario, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2005 - Wittenhauer Award
Open Water 80th CSPWC Annual Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 - 1st Place Landscape Category, Watercolor Magic Magazine, Aug. 2005
2005 Water Media Showcase, Volume 13 F+W Publications
2004 - Honourable Mention- Paint the Huron Shores, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2003 - 1st Place Watercolours – 36th Annual Eastern Michigan International Art Exhibition, Port Huron Museum, Port Huron, MI, USA
2002 - 2nd Place Painting- Paint the Huron Shores, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2001 - Public Choice Award- Paint the Huron Shores, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
2000 - Juror’s Best in Show- Paint the Huron Shores, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
1999 - Award of Merit – 33rd Annual, Port Huron Museum, Port Huron, MI, USA Eastern Michigan International Art Exhibition
1998 - Honourable Mention- Paint the Huron Shores, Lambton Heritage Museum, Grand Bend, ON
1984 - Honourable Mention- 16th Annual Juried Exhibition, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
1981 - Public Choice Award Escarpment Group of Painters in Watercolours, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
Honourable Mention - 13th Annual Juried Exhibition, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
1980 - Public Choice Awards, Escarpment Group of Painters in Watercolours, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON
Honourable Mention- 12th Annual Juried Exhibition, Burlington Cultural Centre, Burlington, ON

Professional Activities

PUBLICATIONS
2012 - Watercolor Artist Magazine, October- Feature Article “The Surface of Light”
2012 - Watercolor Artist Magazine, February – The Year’ Best Paintings
2012 - Eyes on: Landscape, Edited by Joe Guimera
2011 - International Artist Magazine, February/March issue 77, Finalist Challenge 61
2010 - Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists, Volume 1, Featuring Artists A-J; Kennedy Publishing
2010 - Lifestyle Magazine, July/August , A Grand Experience is just ‘Round the Bend
2009 - Best of Worldwide Watermedia Artists , Volume 1
2005 - Watercolor Magic Magazine, August- “2005 Water Media Showcase” 1st place in Landscape
2005 - How did you paint that? 100 ways to paint FAVOURITE SUBJECTS, Volume1, published by International Artist
2004 - International Artist, October/November issue 39Feature Article – “White Light”
2004 - The University of Waterloo Magazine, Fall – Picture of Heaven Bound, the Homecoming Alumni Art Exhibition
2001 - International Artist, Oct/Nov. issue 21 “Master Painters of the World, Canada Showcase”

Group Exhibitions

2022 - Artists Choice, Roberts Gallery, Toronto
2019 - Art Expo New York, Pier 90, New York, NY, USA
2013 - Fluid Explorations, Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
2013 - Inventive Women: -Re-interpreting the Canadian Landscape, Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock, ON

Collections

Presented to Stratford Central High School in 1979, in Celebration of their Centennial
Aflame, Suncoast Consultants Purchase Award, Grand Bend, ON, March 2007
Morning Cathedral, Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolours Permanent Collection, 2008
9 paintings, Patrick and Lynda Vuurman of Hamilton, ON
6 paintings, Estate of Antonia Benjaminsen of London, ON
5 paintings, Dr. David & Els Salisbury of Ottawa, ON
Summer Lushness, Lambton Shores Municipality Permanent Collection
Concentric Government of Ontario