Joyce Ann Burton Sousa

My fondness for watercolor comes from its fluidity and ability to surprise-even the artist. Complete control with watercolor is very difficult. For me, complete control would still the art and stop the fun. I put down water, watch the paint flow and take pleasure in the process.

I enjoy expressing myself through watercolor, because I have no fears about what the paint might do on the paper-where it might go, boundaries it might cross, as well as borders that may form and intrude.

My paintings are to be enjoyed and celebrated for the pleasure involved in their creation in the hope that pleasure can be passed on to others.

My work has been shown in galleries, appeared in magazines, and is in the homes of art collectors around the world.

To see clothing created from my art please click on https://www.art-a-porter.com/en/joyce.ann.burton-sousa; for my watercolor website click on https://www.jabsart.com.

I hold the Masters Degree in Psychology and have many years of professional experience in counseling and mental health centers, schools, a treatment center for male adolescents, the Correctional Center at Urbana (IL), a women's prison, alternatives to violence counseling in schools, as well as private practice.

I have given workshops on anger, stress, anger between parent and child, domestic violence, self-esteem, criminality and irresponsible behavior, substance abuse, suicide risk, and general mental health and has written several articles on these topics and co-authored two books. I have designed programs for a variety of populations including parents, adolescents, college students, both perpetrators and victims of domestic violence, general offenders, and both men and women who are homeless and/or in transition and written the curricula and created the materials for those programs.

My recent life as an artist began around 2003. I had always had a yearning for watercolors and pottery. I am lucky enough to have been able to do both. I spent most of that creative time in Asheville NC. In 2017 I moved to Washington DC. Here I have let pottery go and focused on watercolors. Since arriving I have taken several courses at Washington Studio Art School. Apart from that I am self-taught.

Events: I have held multiple events in Asheville, NC. There have been art walks in the downtown as well as events at my own small shop.

Exhibitions:
While in Asheville I participated in several exhibits. Most notably I was featured by the Asheville Area Arts Council as well as several of the galleries that sold my paintings and pottery.

Please enjoy your visit. You can reach me at joyce@jabsart.com.


Portfolio:

Earlier Work

This portfolio contains a selection from a large collection of early watercolor work. All pieces shown are for sale. I chose them as representative of my larger body of early work.

Auntie “Auntie”

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor and specialty paper. I used Lana 140 lb. rough 100% cotton paper. The dimensions of the original painting are 11 ¼ inches x 15 ¼ inches.

Village Corner “Village Corner”

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor and specialty paper. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 19 1/4 inches x 13 1/2 inches.

Home “Home”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 14 inches x 14 1/8 inches.

Portuguese Town “Portuguese Town”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is available but has a very small puncture wound on one edge and has part of an old watercolor on the back. I have priced it to reflect this.

The medium is watercolor. I used Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions of the original painting are 10 7/8 inches x 17 inches.

Grouping of Roses “Grouping of Roses”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I used Lana 140 lb. rough 100% cotton paper. The dimensions of the original painting are 11 7/8 inches x 15 7/8 inches.

Barely There “Barely There”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. This painting is for sale.

This floral is the product of a several step process that I enjoy immensely. I put down the background and let that dry. Then, after much staring at what emerges, I coax out shapes by adding and subtracting color. What gradually emerges over time is always a surprise and always an interesting journey.

The medium is watercolor. I used Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions of the painting are 12 x 16 inches.

In Love with Blue “In Love with Blue”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The painting is for sale.

Painting flowers with watercolor is just a no-brainer for me. This one is out of the inside of my head. I paint these to make me happy.

This floral is the product of a several step process that I enjoy immensely. I put down the background and let that dry. Then, after much staring at what emerges, I coax out shapes by adding and subtracting color. What gradually emerges over time is always a surprise and always an interesting journey.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimension are 12 x 18 inches.

Woman in The Road “Woman in The Road”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 12 inches x 16 inches.

Coffee Spill “Coffee Spill”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 11 1/2 inches x 15 1/4 inches.

My Perch “My Perch”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 9 inches x 12 1/8 inches.

Sweet Boy “Sweet Boy”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico 140 lb. cold pressed 100% cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 12 inches x 16 inches.

Remains #4 “Remains #4”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

The original is for sale.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 12 inches x 16 inches.

Recent Work

For this portfolio I have selected representative pieces of the watercolor work I am doing now. They include pieces taken from several collections, each of which involves a unique style of painting.

Mind Benders #6 “Mind Benders #6”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I never know how these paintings will turn out. I lay down an under-painting and then begin to work on teasing out shapes of interest. The work takes a while and includes lots of staring at the piece to get a feel for it. Ultimately, it is an enjoyable, if sometimes, tedious process; a mind bender for the artist as well as viewer.

The medium is watercolor. I used Arches pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions of the piece are 12 x 16 inches.

Mind Benders #1 “Mind Benders #1”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

I never know how these paintings will turn out. I lay down an under-painting and then begin to work on teasing out shapes of interest. The work takes a while and includes lots of staring at the piece to get a feel for it. Ultimately, it is an enjoyable, if sometimes, tedious process; a mind bender for the artist as well as viewer.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 14 inches x 20 inches.

Blurred Vision  Cityscapes #1 “Blurred Vision Cityscapes #1”

Painting: Ink, Watercolor on Paper.

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions of the painting are 14 x 20.

Blurred Vision Cityscapes #6 “Blurred Vision Cityscapes #6”

Painting: Watercolor, Ink on Paper.

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The size of the painting is 14 x 20 inches.

Blurred Vision Cityscapes #33 “Blurred Vision Cityscapes #33”

Painting: Ink, Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors. These paintings are done with ink and watercolor.

The medium is watercolor. and ink I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 140 lb. 100% cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 14 inches x 20 inches.

Blurred Vision People #19 “Blurred Vision People #19”

Painting: Watercolor, Ink on Paper. The painting is for sale.

These paintings are done with ink and watercolor. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% cotton paper. The Dimensions are 12 x 18.

Blurred Vision People #28 “Blurred Vision People #28”

Painting: Watercolor, Ink on Paper. The painting is for sale.

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors. These paintings are done with ink and watercolor.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 12 inches x 16 inches.

Straightline Creations #8 The Grannie “Straightline Creations #8 The Grannie”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper.

Blurred Vision #27 “Blurred Vision #27”

Painting: Watercolor, Ink on Paper.

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors. These paintings are done with ink and watercolor.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 140 lb. 100% cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 14 inches x 20 inches.

Straightline Creations #20 Girlie Girl “Straightline Creations #20 Girlie Girl”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The painting is for sale

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The Dimensions are 18 x 24.

Striaghtline Creations #18 Style “Striaghtline Creations #18 Style”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions are 18 x 24 inches.

Straightline Creations #33 To Pieces “Straightline Creations #33 To Pieces”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime. Some of these which are marked were inspired by photos in the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection. The rest are inspired by random photographs.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 140 lb. 100% cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 18 inches x 24 inches.

Straightline Creations #3 Town Hall “Straightline Creations #3 Town Hall”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime. This particular painting was inspired by photos in the Isaiah Rice Photograph Collection.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper.

Straightline Creations #13 The Two SIsters “Straightline Creations #13 The Two SIsters”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions are 18 x 24 inches.

Straightline Creations #25 Rui “Straightline Creations #25 Rui”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions are 18 x 24 inches.

Straightline Creations #22 The Ladies “Straightline Creations #22 The Ladies”

Painting: Watercolor on Paper. The original is for sale.

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper. The dimensions are 18 x 24 inches.

My World 2020 “My World 2020”

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors. These paintings are done with ink and watercolor.

The medium is watercolor. I use Arches cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 12 inches x 16 inches.

Seeking Safety 2020 “Seeking Safety 2020”

I like simplicity. Repeated simplicity can also create interesting complications and unexpected shapes. The paintings grow out of repeatedly layering images. I totally enjoy creating these paintings along with their unexpected surprises. The line drawings are such a wonderful background on which to flow watercolors. These paintings are done with ink and watercolor.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 140 lb. 100% cotton paper, and the dimensions of the original painting are 14 inches x 20 inches.

Mom Walking in the Woods “Mom Walking in the Woods”

I recently became interested in what could be done using straight lines only, focusing on factors in design and creating drama with the use of monochrome and strong whites. These are inspired by random photographs. I expect these rules to lead in new directions overtime.

The medium is watercolor. I used Fabriano Artistico cold pressed 100% 140 lb. cotton paper.