I am Joyce Crellen Donahue Frederick …
… and I loved painting and drawing since childhood.
My interest in art is probably inherited as my forbear, Sebastien Bourdon, was a 17th-century French artist who has paintings in museums around the world, including 12 paintings in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
As a teenager, I attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts After School Program. But when it came to choosing a career, like many women of that era, I chose something much more utilitarian and made my lifelong profession as a Registered Nurse.
Still, while raising my four children in Needham, MA, I took courses at the New England School of Art and Design and worked directly with individual artists such as Selma Bromberg from whom I learned monotype printing, woodcuts, and etching. I then studied portrait painting for four years with the late Robert Cormier of the Boston School and Fenway Studios.
I moved to Dunstable, MA in 1994 and became a juried member of the Dunstable Artisans. There I sold my first paintings during their annual show and sale. My home was on the original annual Dunstable Artisan's Tour.
- I painted the "Dunstable Diorama" as a fundraiser for the Dunstable Free Library which continues today.
- The Women's Imaging Center at the Deaconess-Nashoba Hospital in Ayer, MA chose to display my work.
- I won an honorable mention at The Beacon Hill Art Walk.
- I exhibited my work at Gallery 53 in Gloucester for many years.
- You may now see my works in person by appointment at my studio in Centerville, MA.
Then I bought my dream home with a studio on Cape Cod.
I still participate in workshops with other artists. I used to paint in Europe every year with Charles Gruppe, who became a friend and mentor, until his death in 2019
Some of my favorite subjects are people and places that I visit, and landscapes and seascapes around Cape Cod. Every year I publish a calendar with 12 favorite paintings from that year. Watch for my next edition which will be on sale here on my website.
You can contact me here on my Contact page.
And here is a tour of my Dunstable studio: