Joyce Shields

Fine Art

Upon graduation from the Museum of Art in Portland, OR, Joyce began work as the Director of Cultural Arts at Mittleman Jewish Community Center and taught arts and crafts in the Temple Beth Israel Religious School. During this time, she had several art showings in private galleries and at the Mittleman Center. She spent the next 10 years doing commissioned work for local and national Jewish organizations.

Joyce spent much of her adult life exploring the outdoors and much of her recent work reflects those memories of sea kayaking, backpacking, and being on the crew of a historic schooner. These experiences and her deep commitment to her faith and Jewish heritage are very present in her art. Incorporating Hebrew scriptural quotes into her paintings is one exploration.

Joyce also obtained a degree in Physical Therapy and worked in a rehab setting in the late 80's-early 90's. She adopted two special needs children and in 1998, was in a horrific car accident and was hospitalized for 3-1/2 months. Because of this, she was unable to continue in PT so she enrolled in the College of Oriental Medicine, received her Masters degree in 2002, and then returned to get her doctorate there in 2010. She now practices part-time which allows her to spend time pursuing her art.