C. Joy McCallister

Painting. Acrylic. Abstract realism. Nature.

C. Joy McCallister

C. Joy McCallister is a Nova Scotia born artist who lives in the village of Kirkfield in Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes area. With her roots strongly entrenched by the first Acadian settlers of 1632, Canada’s Maritimes have been a major influence on who she is today and what inspires her. The melodic sounds of the east coast ocean, the touch of its inspirational winds, and the sometimes rather fragrant smells of the salt air all evoke strong memories and feelings. The art of dance was a strong and active force in Joy’s life for 20 years, and remains so.

Joy is primarily a self-directed artist and has taken a few workshops to explore techniques and strengthen her skills. Her journey to discover her preferred art style and media has led to experimentation with many art forms and media. Although her art interests remain varied, her preference is abstract realism imposed on intimate views of nature.

In 2002 Joy attended a 5-day Painting Wildlife course with Canadian artist David Alexander Risk at the Haliburton School of Art & Design. This milestone course made it clear she should take art further. David Risk’s teachings from that time remain a strong influence. Taking Robert Bateman’s 4-day Passions & Practices course proved to be another milestone. Everything David taught her meshed with Robert’s teachings. It was the catylst that took her art to a new level. Armed with new-found confidence, she has not looked back.

After a career in adult education and training design, it has been natural for Joy to give some art instruction as time permits. She teaches the occasional beginner acrylic workshop, some in support of community programs or as a contribution to local fundraising events. She also donates the occasional piece of artwork to community charity silent auctions.

Joy has been a member of the Kawartha Arts Network since 2017. More of Joy’s work can be viewed at Joy’s Paintbox.