Well known for her skill with scissors, Joyce has also won awards for her pastel, handmade paper, pen & ink, and watercolor art. Following graduation from Missouri University, Joyce Yarbrough worked at Hallmark Cards and continued her art studies at Kansas City Art Institute. Working in the arts, as a graphic artist, illustrator, art director, marketing co-ordinator and gallery owner, her talents have been displayed at fine art shows, museums, historic venues, galleries and many special events. Even as a volunteer literacy tutuor, she incorporated art into teaching children to read and write.
Traveling to China and Poland expanded her view of the world's cultural heritage. In Poland Joyce even tried cutting paper snowflakes with sheep shears...but she lacked the dexterity and delicate touch of her surgical scissors!
In January-February 2012, Joyce was one of four artists invited to exhibit at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, with Paper as the focus of "Drawn, Cut, Torn and Pasted". Later in 2012, her papercutting was exhibited at The Vreden Scherenschnitt Museum in Germany, The Pittsburgh Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Guild of American Papercutters National Museum in Somerset, Pennsylvania, where she currently has art on display in 2013. She was recently Juror for a Paper-Cuts Exhibition June-September 2013 at The Foundry Art Centre
in Saint Charles, Missouri.
"With nature my primary inspirational source, my challenge is to show the 'life' of a butterfly, a flower or even a feather. Experimenting with a variety of media, I still have a fascination for nature's positive and negative interaction. Using scissors and paper, pastels, pen & ink, or watercolor, I see the "shape of things" before concentrating on color and value relationships."