Nov 07 2014
JOY CAVENAGH – Watercolour & pastel
Joy Cavenagh grew up on a farm near Rye Park and her art is very strongly influenced by her love of nature in all its moods. She married the love of her life at twenty and moved to a cattle station, which her husband was managing in the very beautiful Upper Macleay Valley of NSW. Her husband was an artist, and they shared a love of colour and majesty of landscape. We later moved to Lake Macquarie region near Newcastle which Joy believes is one of the most beautiful areas in the state. Here they spent the next three decades nurturing their family of four.
It was here that they became involved in the Newcastle Society of Artists and Joy began painting again, taking part in several workshops in both water colour and pastel as well as fabric painting and acrylics.
Joy & her husband both retired in 1991 and moved to a farm they had purchased near Rye Park, where they became involved with sheep and cattle and the pleasures of living close to nature. Her art is inspired by the many beautiful places both in Australia and overseas where she has lived and to which she has travelled.
In 2002 Joy joined renowned pastel artist Amanda McLean’s class and found Amanda a wonderful inspiration, encouraging her in her endeavours. Joy has exhibited in several joint exhibitions since.