Joy Gonzalez Artist's Bio 

Joy Gonzalez has always been an artist at heart, though she worked for many years as a computer programmer. Her parents encouraged her creative endeavors as she explored sewing, crafts, painting and drawing. She entered UCLA as a fine arts major, but interrupted her studies to marry and have children.  She returned to college and earned a BA in fine arts and then a BS in computer science.

Joy continued painting as a hobby while working as a programmer, dreaming of the day when she could pursue art full time. During the last few years the dream has become reality.  She has taken painting workshops and classes from Frank Serrano, Libby Tolley, Jeff Horn and is currently studying with Jove Wang. She paints in oils as well as watercolors, depending on the weather and her mood. She loves to paint small landscape studies on location and then returns to the studio to enlarge the studies.

In her artwork, Joy tries to convey her deep appreciation of the natural world.  She has enjoyed camping and hiking in the mountains and near the ocean since she was a child, and she hopes her paintings convey the excitement she feels outdoors.

Gallery Representation:

I have a beautiful studio space on the second floor of the Loft Studios and Gallery, 401 S. Mesa St., San Pedro CA 90731.

We are open on First Thursdays throughout the year from 6:00pm to 9pm and by appointment.


Solo Exhibitions
  • "My Favorite Places" The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th Street, San Pedro 90731, Oct & Nov 2014
  • "Local Vistas" The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th Street, San Pedro 90731, June & July 2013
  • "Port and Peninsula"
    The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th Street, San Pedro 90731
    Oct & Nov 2011
  • "Artists' Studio Tour"
    Visited my studio, Sept 11, 12, 2010
  • "The Joy of Nature"
    The Norris Theater Upstairs Gallery
    Feb & Mar 2010

Group Exhibitions

  • For the Beauty of the Earth, Riviera UMC,                                    Oct 13 -28, 2018 and Oct 14-29, 2017
    I have had 2 paintings juried into this art show two years in a row
  • "Women Artists of the West" 46th Annual National Exhibition held at R.S. Hanna Gallery in Fredericksburg, Texas from Nov 14 to Dec 31, 2016. I was juried into this national organization in June 2016.
  • "An Ocean View", Riviera UMC, Oct. 14 - 30, 2016
    A juried fine art exhibition of coastal paintings. I won first prize! 
  • Vive la Différence, Three Person Show, March 30 through May 10, 2015, The Artists' Studio Gallery at Promenade on the Peninsula
  • 25th Annual TAG Gallery of Fine Art, Sept 13 to Nov 7, 2014, South Bay Lexus Service Center, 24777 Crenshaw Bl, Torrance 90505
  • Palos Verdes Estates 75th Anniversary Art and Photography Exhibition, Oct 2 through Oct 30, 2014 Location: Malaga Cove Library Gallery
  • "Local Color", The Loft Gallery in San Pedro at 4th and Mesa.  3 Paintings exhibited - won one of 5 awards presented by Randy Higbee. June 7, 2014 to July 12, 2014
  • "Best of Show", Palos Verdes Art Center Exhibition from the 7 affiliated artist groups.  2 Paintings exhibited - one won Best of Best of Show. May 2014
  • "Light and Color", Three Person Show, "The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Promenade, Oct 14 - Nov 24, 2013                            
  • "Deux Points de Vue"  Les Jolis Tresors Art Gallery, 3226 E. Broadway, Long Beach CA, 90803, Dec 5, 2012 to Jan 30, 2013
  • "6 inches x 6 inches"                                                      Randy Higbee Gallery, 102  Kalmus, Costa Mesa CA 92626    Dec 2012                 
  • "Pastiche II"
    The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village
    Sept 2012
  • "Beautiful World", Three Person Show
    The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village
    May 2012
  • National Watercolor Society "All Member Exhibition"          Juried Show, Participated in 2010 and 2011
  • "Sunlight", Three Person Show
    The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village
    June 21, 2010 to Aug 1, 2010
  • "Au Naturel
    Riverside Community Art Center
    June 6, 2010 to July 10, 2010
  • "Pastiche I"
    The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village
    Aug 2009
  • "Reflections", Four Person Show
    The Artists' Studio Gallery at the Village
    Oct 2008
  • PVAC "Small Treasures", Juried Show
    Palos Verdes Arts Center
    Nov 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012