Joyce Wilkens

Joyce works from her home in Spokane, WA and is the author/photographer of two coffee table photo books: Teacup Art…and Reflections which showcases color photography featuring teacups from around the world, Each cup is steeped with stories and encourages your imagination, causes you to laugh, or even tear up as you reminisce about tea shared with a loved one. It is all about where you’ve been, where you’re going and what inspires you. Walking Sticks features a collection started by her husband, Keith, and grown over the years inspired by passions for hiking, nature, and the beauty of wood and stories. With more than 150 color photographs, heart-warming stories, thoughtful poems and humor, Walking Sticks asks the question, “What paths are calling you?”

Joyce is a graduate of Upper Columbia Academy in Spangle, WA, and Walla Walla University.  She and her husband worked in Southern California, Orlando, Florida, Zimbabwe and Zambia before moving to Spokane.  She has 3 grown children plus spouses.

Joyce worked 3 years as an art/history docent and actor for the Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) in Spokane. Her watercolor, oil paintings and photos are displayed in homes, juried shows and materials for public events. She’s a member of Spokane Poetry Scribes, Spokane Watercolor  Society, and a workshop presenter at the Inland Northwest Christian Writers Conference 2014.

Joyce hula danced 3 years with a Spokane Hawaiian hula troop. She’s run Spokane’s Bloomsday Race for 25 years dressed as Raggedy Ann, and has performed as “The Grinch” in the Spokane Riverpark Square Mall. She’s a costume designer and actor for Journey to Bethlehem, a yearly Christmas outdoor drama presentation. She also posed with an 8 inch tarantula resting on her forehead :) She’s most happy when she’s hiking and exploring in nature. She and her husband live on a small mountain overlooking the Palouse.