Florida artist Joy Postle Blackstone pioneered the art of depicting Florida wildlife like no other. She was deeply inspired by the sights, sounds, and scents of nature from an early age and this greatly influenced her as both an artist and as a writer. She developed her talent for capturing the world around her through mediums such as oil paints, watercolors, pencil sketches, pen and ink, as well as the written word though her writings and poetry. Joy’s dedication to her art propelled her through the hardships of the Great Depression, and she persevered. Her passion and devotion to her work has earned Joy a special place in the history of Central Florida.
The UCF Libraries Special Collections & University Archives proudly presents an exhibit showcasing Joy Postle’s various creative outlets from April 11, 2016 through June 10, 2016 on the 5th floor exhibition area of the John C. Hitt Library.
“It’s just that there are so many canvasses to fill… and books to write and illustrate… the days fill up so quickly… my work is everything… I’ve got to live until I’m 150.”
– Joy Postle Blackstone