This painting was featured in the Summer of Southern Travel: Spotlight on the American South Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage (June 2018). This painting won the "Flash" Ludwick Memorial Award at the 2018 Associated Artists of Southport's Summer Regional Show (June-July). This painting was juried into Colors of Humanity's "Water" International Show (June 2018). ---- This painting was inspired by a recent trip to the Shallotte River Swamp, about an hour's drive from my home. We took a guided tour in a canoe through the black water swamp. The reflections were amazing. It is an acrylic painting on a stretched canvas, finished with a satin varnish.
A native of Raleigh, NC, Joy Parks, began her art career as a small child when, as a fourth grader, she won her first blue ribbon in a county-wide art exhibition. Later, her high school art teacher encouraged her to become an art major in college. Joy took her teacher's advice and attended East Carolina University School of Art in Greenville, NC. In 2013 Joy married James Coats and moved to Carolina Beach. Even while she lived in Raleigh and Greenville, Joy loved painting art with a nautical theme. Moving to the coast has given her even more inspiration to paint nautical art. She also loves to travel, especially to places in the Caribbean where palm trees, sail boats, and other nautical themes abound. Joy loves palm trees swaying in the tropical breezes, sunrises and sunsets over the salt marshes, waves crashing on the shore. It is her hope that her paintings evoke a pleasant memory or give a feeling of peaceful and calm tranquility to the viewer.