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MJM-babyPulled by the full moon, influenced by the mirth of being Sunday's child, and born into a creative family of artists, inventors, and totally mad wanderers, MerryJoy's earliest memories are of the colour of the sky during a tornado she saw through a jalousie window when she was less than two years old. Colours and shape stayed in her head from those extremely early years, along with the pungent scent of her mother's oil paints, which were often oozing off a pallette on the kitchen table.

Her mother told me a story of taking the three-year-old MJ with her while she taught a kindergarten class, where MJ would draw animal figures—mostly frog-like—on the wall in an alcove... much to the consternation of the school's headmistress. A few years later she was drawing on any sort of paper she could find, from paper bags to newsprint, creating with crayons and pencils all manner of birds and tigers and insects and frogs and frogs and frogs. And frogs. (Rumour has it the child believed God is a Frog.) She spent many hours doodling in the margins of notebooks during grammar school, resulting in rulers snapped across her fingers and stern reprimands to ‘pay attention.’

Paying attention to arithmetic and religion just didn't fill up MerryJoy's senses like the golden eyes of a reptile or the sweep of a witch's gown could. Her visual brain created pictures in her head when words were spoken, thus she began to giggle to herself at inappropriate times—or so it appeared to teachers and other pupils. She simply saw their words in pictures. Carrying on the family tradition of following one’s own muse and ignoring what reasonable people demanded, she sought the company of books and crayons and wild animals and her wilder imagination. And frogs. That has been her life since it began, and will be so until she wanders off to the stars.


Jack Kelly



MerryJoy in 1981
MerryJoy in her workspace in 1981

Below are a few surviving drawings from her childhood and some poster art and watermedia paintings of her early twenties.

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Froggy by MerryJoy
Froggy by MerryJoy, about age six
Tiger by MerryJoy age 8
Tiger by MerryJoy, age eight (pencil and crayon)


Timeless
Timeless by MerryJoy, age 16 (graphite). This portrait of a Victorian man derived from an image the artist saw in her head, in her dreams, of whom she created a number of stories.


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Raven Totem by MerryJoy, 1977 (poster)


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Prairie Thunder by MerryJoy, 1979 (poster)


St George's Defeat by MerryJoy 1978
St. George's Defeat by MerryJoy 1978


Swordfish by MerryJoy 1978
Swordfish by MerryJoy 1978


From Darkenss Came Life by MerryJoy 1978
From Darkness Came Life by MerryJoy 1978, a Limited Edition Print of 600


Argus by MerryJoy 1983
Argus by MerryJoy 1983 — a 6x6 foot installation at Rockfort, IL, consisting of eight individually framed pieces (watermedia)


Mendota
THE MENDOTA by MerryJoy © 1979.


Grander Gander by MerryJoy 1988

A Grander Gander by MerryJoy 1988 (watermedia)

Grander Gander and Son by MerryJoy 1992

A Grander Gander and Son by MerryJoy 1992 (watermedia). This was the second version of the older painting, now including the offspring of the Gander who sits in mid-air.

Love Birds by MerryJoy 1998

Love Birds by MerryJoy 1998 (watermedia)

Heron Knot by MerryJoy 1998

Heron Spirit by MerryJoy 1998 (acrylic painted on a tambourine)


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