Joyce M. Berthelsen
Joyce has spent the bulk of her adult life in the Rocky Mountains of Southern Colorado and Northern and Central New Mexico. Her exposure to, and understanding of, the San Juan, Sangre de Cristo and Sacramento Mountains has resulted in a deep love for the expansiveness and beauty of the Rocky Mountains. This is evidenced by the reality and clarity found in her acrylic paintings of mountain landscapes and scenes which put the viewer in that spot...at that time...with that view.
At an early age Joyce also developed an understanding and strong respect for the Native American history and heritage associated with these mountain regions. This is illustrated in the beauty and sorrow of her broken pot paintings and the spiritual nature of her pueblo and cliff dwellings works. Both represent her deep-seated reverence for the Native American history and appreciation of the natural world.
Joyce has participated in numerous juried art shows all over Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. Her work has been gallery showcased around the Southwest, including in the highly regarded Santa Fe / Taos art community. The popularity of her broken pot paintings...in shows, galleries and commission work...has earned her the nickname of "the pot lady" in many artist circles (often requiring an explanation for those not familiar with her work). She has been an active member of multiple art associations, communities and groups throughout the Southwest.
Joyce now resides in Alto, New Mexico just outside the resort community of Ruidoso in the mountains of central New Mexico. She lives with her husband, a retired IBM executive.