Joie Designs

Joie Designs

I grew up in the fishing town of Gloucester Massachusetts and I lived in the Italian neighborhood of Fort Square. I was raised among many well known artists of our day including poet laureate Charles Olson and American film maker Henry Ferrini.

It was at the age of 13 that I started studying art. I dabbled in oils and acrylics before finding my niche and my love for watercolor paints.

At the age of 20, I opened a fashion design studio in Rockport MA where I sold my original hand painted fashions, among them being silk scarves, dresses and denim jeans. I eventually moved into the wholesale market where my line of clothing was sold throughout the United States in many small fashion boutiques.

In early 2000, I created a line of ceramic tiles with images of New England which included many area lighthouses and ships. My USS Constitution tile was sold at the Constitution Museum. I created the painting and tile for the Shatford family of the Andrea Gail, the fishing vessel lost at sea and the movie “The Perfect Storm.”  My New England Icon Ceramic Tile Collection was sold in over 50 gifts shops throughout many states.

Today, I continue to create one of a kind fashions and original watercolor paintings in my studio on Fish Flake Hill, Beverly.