The landscape paintings of Joyce Laeser will be featured during the performances of “A Christmas Cactus,” the second play of the season at the Marco Players Theater in Town Center.
Except for a couple of academic quarters at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, in 1970, Joyce did not begin to paint until 1999 when she retired as an attorney for the Department of Energy in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Since then she has been painting in a number of media and taking classes regularly. Her primary interest is landscape painting in both oil and acrylic. “The immediacy of painting on site cannot be duplicated for inspiration.”
Since 2005, she and her husband have divided time between Chokoloskee Island, Florida, and their home in Los Alamos. “Bothlocations offer tremendous visual stimulation to the landscape painter.”
Ellen Koment, Santa Fe encaustic artist, was her first instructor, and remains an inspiration today. During her winters in Florida, Joyce paints with a plein air group from Marco Island and has studied with Jo-Ann Sanborn, Dee Beard Dean, and Dreama Tole Perry. In New Mexico, she has been fortunate to study with John Poon, a Western, naturalistic landscape painter.
Her work has been shown at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, Los Alamos, New Mexico; the Highroad Gallery, Truchas, New Mexico; the Art League of Marco Island; and the Kirby Gallery in Roxboro, North Carolina.
All five of the future main shows at The Marco Players Theater will feature local artists: Joanna Sunshine, Sandi Johnson, Lindy Kowalczyk, Carolyn Burger, Gail Risner and Patti Perrotti.