As the daughter of a forester, Joy Hagen’s childhood was spent exploring logging roads and little-known hiking paths, camping deep in the forests alongside rushing rivers, and exploring rocky beaches of the Pacific Northwest. It also provided the opportunity to live in the Philippines and Panama. Her art depicts environments that reflect upon color, pattern, and mood and speaks to remembered moments through selected bits and pieces from the natural world, usually with a reference to trees.
Encaustic painting is Hagen’s preferred method for expressing this woodland environment. Wax, resin, and wood are more than simply the materials used to make art. They are products of the forest and provide the complexities of emotion inherent in their use as she creates an expression of the tactile and organic experience a walk in the woods evokes.
Hagen works out of her home studio in Kirkland, Washington. Her work is regularly exhibited at Studio 103 in Seattle’s Pioneer Square area. Most recent honors include a 2015 King County Open 4Culture grant; residencies in 2014, 2015, and 2016 at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington; Finalist in The Artists Magazine 2012 and 2014 Annual Competitions; and Winner of the 2012 Kirkland Arts Center William Radcliffe Studio Challenge Award. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Swedish Medical Group in Redmond and Everett; Swedish Medical Center’s Edmonds Cancer Institute in Edmonds; and at Kenmore City Hall.