Joyce Rowsell has been painting miniatures since she joined the Hilliard Society in 1982. In 1996 she won her first award, which was for a miniature shown at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London. Since then she has won awards regularly. To date she has won over forty awards and carried out many commissions in Britain and the USA, for both portraits and subject miniatures.
Somerset Art Weeks has had her support from the beginning and she opens her house in Somerset to visitors for this event every two years in September.
Joyce has recently been elected a Miniature Artist of America. This is an honor given only to “outstanding practitioners in the field of American Miniaturism who are consistent award winners in major Miniature Art competitions.”
Thirty Years ago, Joyce joined the Hilliard Society of Wells in Somerset and has been painting miniatures in oil ever since.
She soon began showing her work in the ‘Million Brushstrokes’ Exhibitions at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in London. She has shown with them every year, and has been the lucky recipient of many of their generous Awards. She has also taken part in other exhibitions in Bristol, Windsor and Tavistock and puts on a one woman show every other year with Somerset Art Works.
She was asked to take part in an exhibition at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in October 2010, to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the cathedral three hundred years ago. This ran from 20th September to 15th October.
She showed at the New Orleans Gallery, Twickenham, London from 2nd Oct. 2010 – 23rd Jan 2011 in the Making it/Faking it Exhibition.
She has shown widely in the USA with galleries, but also with the miniature Art society of Florida, the miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers Society of Washington DC the Cider Painters of America and the Roswell Fine Art League/New Mexico Miniature Art Society. Over the years she has received well over 70 prizes and awards for her paintings from various Societies and Galleries in England and USA. As a result she was elected a Miniature Artist of America in 2006. This honor given to:-
“Outstanding Practitioners in the field of American Miniaturism who are consistent award winners in major Miniature Art Competitions”.
Joyce is also very proud of being a full member of the Royal Miniature Society of Painters Sculptors and Gravers. She has been twice runner up for the gold bowl in 2005 and 2006. Also in 2006 she was very proud to receive the Presidents prize. In 2007 she was delighted to win the Llewellyn Alexander Award. In 2010 she received a lovely silver plaque given by Rozmar Booth in memory of Peter Charles Booth.