Nancy Hilliard Joyce’s mixed-media work elegantly encapsulates time through her paintings of nature, women and architecture. As an artist, she acts as a liaison between reality and metaphors often using surreal overtones. Beyond painting what she sees, Hilliard Joyce aims to understand her surroundings on a deeper level. She seeks to show the viewer a perspective they wouldn’t normally happen upon in their daily life.
Hilliard Joyce’s paintings move through various themes, exploring each with vibrant color, gestural line, and at times with tactile bases of handmade paper. Her mediums range from modeling paste, synthetic polymer paints, various handmade papers and are usually detailed with touches of oil paint. She will sometimes sand or wipe down layers to reveal under layers while building up other sections to create texture and depth; a process that may go on for weeks or end in just a day.