Marshall Woodside Joyce, painter and teacher born in Medford , MA in 1912, is best known for his seascapes, ships, landscapes, and coastal scenes. His interest in the sea was nurtured by his sea-captain father and the time they spent together on his three-masted schooner. Joyce was named after his grandfather, Captain Marshall Woodside, master of the full-rigged ship the Sintram.
Even as a young schoolboy Joyce practiced by constantly sketching in his notebooks. After completing his studies at Medford High School , his love of art and the sea was more fully developed at the Art Institute of Boston, where his training prepared him for a career in both commercial and fine art. Upon completion of his training, Joyce began a professional career as a freelance artist in a studio overlooking the Boston Gardens . His marine illustrations, based on the whaling industry and the famous ships of Mystic, Connecticut , were used on calendars for many years. While working in Boston , Joyce taught art to adults at the Butera School of Art; two days a week for ten years.
His waterside studio and residence, from 1947 to his passing in 1998, was located on the banks of the Jones River at 5 River Street , Kingston , MA . Joyce held classes and freelanced from his Kingston studio as well as doing workshops and painting demonstrations throughout New England , Key West , Florida , the Museum of Fine Arts of the South in Mobile , Alabama , and in Alaska .
In addition to his freelance work in Boston and Kingston, organizations employing Joyce's professional skills consists of the Rust-Craft Greeting Card Company; the Gunnar Myrbeck Advertising Agency as the Creative Art Director; the Butera School of Art in Boston as an instructor in oil and watercolor painting; the Duxbury Art Society as an instructor in watercolor painting; the Norwell Art Society as an instructor in watercolor painting; the Key West Art Society, Key West, FL, as an instructor in watercolor painting; and the Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA commissioned him to render the official painting of the Mayflower II when it set sail from England by Captain Villiers.
Joyce's memberships include the American Society of Marine Painters; the Rockport Art Association; the Boston Watercolor Society; the Guild of Boston Artists; the North Shore Art Association in Gloucester , MA ; the Braintree Art Association; the Duxbury Art Association; the Cape Cod Art Association in Barnstable , MA ; the Brockton Art Association; and the Key West Art Association.
He is listed in Who's Who in American Art and his list of awards include a Gold medal in the Franklin Mint national competition for marine artists; the Munson Gallery Award, Rockport Art Association; the Gordon Grant Award, North Shore Art Association; the Iver Rose Memorial Award, 1972, Rockport Art Association; the Philip Shumaker Memorial Award, 1973, Rockport Art Association; the Waters of the World Award, 1973, North Shore Art Association; the Gold Medal of Honor Award, 1974, Rockport Art Association; the Building Center Award, 1976, Rockport Art Association; and the Marguerite Elliott Pearson Award, 1976, Rockport Art Association.
Joyce's work is in the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem , MA ; the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile , AL ; and the Ventura County Maritime Museum in Oxnard , CA .
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