I am an artist and illustrator, with a love for all things floral, folk, and garden.

Joy Laforme, Image by Brooke Courtney

After graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design, I began painting and illustrating shortly thereafter. I have always enjoyed painting from folk art inspiration and in a contemporary folk art style. I love that folk art can be both texturally simple as well as deeply intricate.

I see the world in an array of colors, even on the greyest of days. I am happiest when my hands and feet are covered in dirt from a day in my garden. 

Growing up I spent a lot of my time with Mom in her vegetable and flower gardens (often you can still find me doing this). Many of the subjects, motifs, and images you'll find in my art are pieces of mine and my Mother's garden that I carry with me. I puzzle together pieces of nostalgia with bits of dreamy worlds. I like challenging myself to paint pieces that are timeless and are a window into a far off world that almost looks like a memory.

I work from my home studio in New Jersey, in a small town right outside of New York City. I use a variety of mediums to achieve my aesthetic including gouache and digital illustration. 

Keep in Touch!

Joy can be contacted for commissions and collaborative projects. Her work is licensed by Yellow House Art Licensing - and you can contact Sue & Jehane for more information about licensing.

Clients & Buyers

Design House Greetings
American Greetings
The Art Group
True South Puzzle
Andover Fabrics

Georgetown University
Southern Weddings Magazine
Deny Designs

Bed Bath & Beyond

Click here to see my recent and notable projects with some of these clients ➝