Joy Parks Coats

Joy Parks Coats

Carolina Beach, NC, United States

About Joy Parks Coats

I currently live on the coast of North Carolina. I have created art since I was a small child and won my first blue ribbon in the 4th grade for a county-wide art exhibit. I take a camera with me everywhere I go and like to paint from my own photographs. I have often stopped on the side of the road to photograph an unusual cloud formation or beautiful sunset. While some artists may view the world as ugly and horrible, I do not like to paint "ugly" art. I believe that art, like literature, should be a form of "escape" from an ugly world. I like to evoke a pleasant emotion through my art such as a feeling of calm or a happy memory....
I also like to travel-I am inspired by colorful Caribbean sunsets, palm trees blowing in the breeze, ocean tides, Tuscany hill towns .... I occasionally paint abstracts but mostly paint representational art using bold bright colors. My preferred medium is acrylic paint, but I sometimes branch out into watercolors or mixed media. My favorite artists: Michelangelo, Monet, Pollock....


I attended East Carolina University School of Art in Greenville, NC (BFA painting major and drawing minor). Currently represented by Water + Color Gallery, Wimington, NC, and


Art in private collections - internationally and across the United States.


Most Recent Highlights:
2020: Juried into Cape Fear Studios' National 2D Exhibition, Fayetteville, NC (Sept)
2020: Juried into Wilmington Art Association's Spring Show for "Surfside" (Apr)
2020: (National) Juried to the Inner Wisdom Emporium's "Emotive Artworks National Exhibit - 2020 for "Sunflowers and Puddles" and "Where the Dollarweed Grows." (Mar-Apr)
2019: (International) Juried into Apero Catalogue "Dreams" show for "Hallowed Halls" (Dec)
2019: Featured by ArtFinder in "Colours > Light Colours collection for "Into the Light" (Nov)
2019: (National) Juried into Maria V. Howard Arts Center 62nd National Multi-Media Juried Art Exhibition for "Hallowed Halls" - Juror, Amiri Farris, Professor at Savannah College (May-Aug)
2019: Juried into Greenville [NC] Museum of Art's "Greenville, Then and Now" show for "Tobacco and Pepsi" (June-October)
2019: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Water" Show for "Wayward Sailor at Rest" and "Morehead Moorings" (June)
2019: Juried into It's ALL Art! first show for "Wildflowers on the Marsh" (May)
2019: Juried into Cape Fear Artist's Gallery's "Historical Places" show, for "Riverwalk Sunrise," Wilmington, NC (April)
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Blue" Show for "Tree and Sky" and "Cottonwood" (December)
2018: New artist on (November)
2018: Won Honorable Mention for "Sunrise Collage" at 24th Annual Arts by the Shore, Oak Island, NC (November)
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Landscapes" Show for "Waterfall" and "Mirkwood Revisited" (October)
2018: Juried into Art in the Arboretum 2018 Show, sponsored by Friends of the Arboretum in Wilmington, NC for "Palm" and "Palm 2" (November)
2018: (National) Juried into The Schwa Show at Emerge Gallery in Greenville, NC for "Shallotte River Swamp" (October)
2018: Juried into ARTfall 2018 at Wilmington Community Arts Center, Wilmington, NC for "Tree and Sky" and "Morehead Moorings" (October)
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Botanicals" Show for "Live Oaks Collage" and "Aspens Collage" (August)
2018: Won Honorable Mention at the Carolina Artists Gallery in Morehead City, NC, show entitled: "It's a Shore Thing" for "Morehead Moorings" (July-August)
2018: Featured in the Summer of Southern Travel: Spotlight on the American South Collection on Saatchi Art's homepage (June)
2018: Juried into Associated Artists of Southport's Summer Regional Show - Won "Flash" Ludwick Memorial Award for "Shallotte River Swamp" (June-July)
2018: Judged Sunset Vision Art Show 2018, Sunset Beach, NC (June)
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Water" Show for "Shallotte River Swamp" and "Cypress Lake" (June)
2018: Judged Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, Carolina Beach, NC (May 5, 2018)
2018: Carolina Artist Gallery, "Nature Abstracted" Show, Group Exhibition, Morehead City, NC (May/June) - Won Honorable Mention for "Mirkwood Revisited"
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Yellow" Show for "RR Crossing" and "Canopy at Fort Fisher" (May)
2018: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Red" Show for "Red Bug" and "Autumn in the Smokies" (February)
(International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Open" 2018 show for "Road to Sedona" and "Rustic Barn" (January)
2017: (International) Juried into Colors of Humanity "Landscapes" 2017 show for "Cape Fear" and "After the Rain" (October)
2017: THIRD PLACE win for painting, After the Rain - Bald Head Island, in the 22nd Annual "Arts by the Shore" art show in Oak Island, NC. Judged by Artist Sidney K. Godwin (November)
2016: Solo Exhibition, Tip Top Frame, Carolina Beach, NC (January)
2013: "eARTH INSPIRED" Exhibition in Conjunction with UNC-W Group Exhibition, Hannah Block Gallery, Wilmington, NC (Sept-Oct)
2012: Juried into N.E.W. (Never Exhibited Work) Group Exhibition (Juried by Seth Thompson, Curatorial Assistant of Modern and Contemporary Art at the High Museum, Atlanta, GA) Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh NC (Sept)