Jossy has been a professional artist for the past 30 years. Painting and teaching occupy most of her time in Arizona and in Rhode Island. Summer on an island gives her inspiration for landscapes and non-representational work. Her figurative pieces reflect her feelings for the single life as well as relationships. Groups of people show the human desire for companionship and for enjoying life together.
With a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a Masters from the University of Illinois, she also obtained status in the real estate world with a broker’s license and still maintains an active sales license.
Jossy is an active member in the Sonoran Arts League in Scottsdale where she was on the Board of Directors for three years. She has shown her work in the well-attended Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale for the past ten years. This will be her 15th year as a juried participant in Celebration of Fine Art – a ten-week show in North Scottsdale. She holds Signature memberships in the Utah Watercolor Society, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and is a juried member of the Sonoran Arts League. Her over twenty awards include two Best of Show. Collectors include Salt Lake International Airport, the Huntsman Cancer Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, Honor Health Scottsdale Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale, Arizona and individuals world wide.
Currently, Jossy is adding hand-built ceramics to her production, but doing acrylic and oil painting take priority. She works in her home studio – a charming adobe home in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“It’s the interaction and juxtaposition of color and line that intrigues me. I frequently forego the brush and use my gloved fingers. Dipping into oil or acrylic, I can begin with a swash of color, add another color next to it and, gesture after gesture, the painting becomes a group of people – figures enter and emerge. There are transitions that come from within and from without. I cannot predict the outcome, but the images are original, drawn only from my mind, my heart and my enthusiasm for life. Looking inward, from memories, feelings, interests and life experiences, I create works that tell a story, that speak to a universal meaning in relationships and situations. I create works that communicate an understanding that we are all in this together and that life has its ups and downs. My visual narrative speaks to my belief that – especially when the bubble bursts – it is up to us to find true peace, meaning and happiness in our lives. All in all, I love the energy of color and color makes me happy.”