BLM Artist-in-Residence Joyce Heuman says of herself, “I’m sure I had a brush in my hands when I was born! Family and teachers saw that I loved to draw, make up stories, and was very good at it. I knew that one day I would go to college and major in fine art.”
Heuman earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Colorado, worked as a jeweler in Denver, then moved to the Oregon coast. She lived among sand dunes while creating jewelry as well as paintings and drawings of the ocean and old growth trees.
Heuman returned to Boulder and continued her work as a painter, technical illustrator, and graphic designer. While concentrating her efforts toward income, she also managed to study with local watercolor artists. In 2001 she moved on to southwestern Colorado, and now maintains her home and studio in McElmo Canyon west of Cortez. Heuman is also employed by nearby Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and has educated herself about Ancestral Puebloan culture and archaeology.
Heuman says of her art, “I am fortunate to live where it’s incredibly rich with history, alongside natural landscapes shaped by wind and water. I paint pictures like I walk among the rocks—under a spell, with an instinct of awareness, and a feeling of belonging. The colors and textures I see are a language of sensation and delight in the elements of nature. They also mark time and evolution. I wonder what ancient peoples felt when they lived here, and how I may be similar to them. I hope my work inspires the viewer, just as this public land has inspired me.”