Joy Kirton Smith's father and two elder brothers ran a family business in painting and decorating, which came to be a big influence to Joy as they were always adventurous in trying out new materials and innovative styles.

History and Background

After attending a workshop group at Halesowen College, Joy became fascinated with the drawing techniques that could bring vibrancy and movement onto canvas and paper.

Ideas and Inspirations

The masters of the Italian Renaissance, particularly Michelangelo, remain her main inspiration. She has also studied in great detail the original drawing techniques of Rembrandt and the Flemish school in the Rjyksmuseum, Amsterdam.