Josephine D. Coyle

Josephine D Coyle



"We must never forget that art is not a form of
propaganda; it is a form of truth".  J.F. Kennedy

I believe all manifestations of art are landmarks in the progress of the human spirit as each work of art reveals something of the artist and of our world/universe.

I feel my art speaks for itself - giving the viewer insights into existence, circumstances, and emotions = an additive and positive experience!


Josephine might well have been considered a child prodigy as the gift of art emerged at the age of 4.  Growing up the message was often transmitted that art was not a viable career choice.  However the prevalency of the gift and call to express was ever present.

In the sixties, in Florida, she commenced working in marine biology, coral reef ecology, collecting and cataloging fish, underwater still photography and filming.  Josephine had photographs and article in National Geographic Magazine (see Nat.Geo. 1966, 1972 issues - Jo D.Starck).  Detailed pen and ink drawings of fish collected were done and published.  During her years of diving and marine collecting she found new species of fish, mollusk and flora and has a new species of fish named after her.

Finally acknowledging and using her God given gift of art Josephine turned her attention to creating detailed pen and ink of animal life.  This progressed into oil painting and sculpture.  She began exhibiting in 1984 and had her first one woman show in 1989.

From 1989 to 1999 Josephine executed a series entitled "How a Woman Feels when...." symbolic images of women's life experiences on the physical, mental and spiritual planes.  One image, "How a Woman Feels when Liberated" was selected by NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence) printed as a card and made available nationally.  Another painting "Winged Hands of the Deaf" was released as a limited edition print/poster by the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore, MD.

During the years 2001 to 2008 she created large scale murals, scenic backdrops for plays, children's programmes and women's conferences, did commissioned paintings and led drawing classes for children.

Josephine continues to paint images, in oil, acrylic and oil pastel, which are thought provoking and invite the viewer to venture inward.

Selections of Josephine's work are in the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. archives..BioPic


1984       Bear Valley Art Association, Big Bear, California
1986       Bear Valley Art Association, Big Bear, Callifornia
1987       San Bernardino Valley College Art Show, San Bernardino, CA
1988       North Country Artists Guild, Watertown, NY
1988       North Country Regional Art Show, Potsdam University, Friends
                   of Gibson Gallery, Potsdam,NY
1988       Central Adirondack Art Show, Old Forge, NY
1988       Oswego County Fair, Sandy Creek, NY
1989       One Woman Show at North Country Bank, Watertown, NY
1989       One Woman Show at Friends of Gibson Gallery, Potsdam University
                  at Uncle Max’s, Potsdam, NY
1991       Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
1992       Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
1992       One Woman Show at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, MD
                   for The Emerging Women, Inc
1993       MNADV (Maryland NetworkAgainst Domestic Violence) at State
                  Building, Annapolis, MD
1993       One Woman Show at Unity-Universalist Fellowship of Frederick, MD
                  for Survivors United
1994       One Woman Show at Bon Secours Spiritual Center, Marriottsville, MD
                  for The Emerging Women, Inc
1994       One Woman Show  at Calvin Edward Gallery, Frederick, MD
1994       Design created/printed for T-Shirt Women’s Conference
1994       Poster printed, and distributed nationally, of oil painting “Winged
                  Hands of the Deaf” by The Hearing and Speech Agency ,Baltimore,MD
1994      Pen and Ink Poster for Women’s Conference - based on book
                 “Women Who Run With Wolves” by C.Estes
1994       One Woman Show at “Women of Vision” Conference, Leadership for
                  a New World, Georgetown University Conference Center,
                  Washington, D.C
1995       Designed card and printed, “Grace” Women’s Conference
1995       DelaplaineVisual Arts Center, juried show, Frederick, MD
1995       Featured artist at “Through The Hands of Women” Art Gallery,
                  Baltimore, MD
1996       Oil painting “The Awakening” on cover of “Voices of Women”
                  publication Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD

1996       Artist in Residence, Ellicott Middle School, Ellicott City, MD
1996       Card printed and distributed nationally of oil painting “How a Woman
                  Feels when Liberated” by NCADV (National Coalition Against
                  Domestic Violence)
1997       Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, juried show, Frederick, MD
1997       One Woman Show “Awakening Awareness - A Woman’s Journey”,
                  Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA
2000       “Women with Attitude” Show, The Jega Gallery, Ashland, OR
2001- to    Drawing classes given,  murals and art projects with children,
2009        completed commissioned paintings and murals, backdrops for
                 children’s programmes, women’s conferences and  scenery for plays
2010       At NCCC, Spring Fine Arts Exhibit, Carlsbad, CA     
2010       Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, Annual Open
                Juried Fine Arts Show
2010       Oil Pastel Society 2010 Member Show
2010       At NCCC "Imago Dei" Show Fall Exhibit
2011       Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad
2011       Jazzercize Exhibit, Carlsbad
2011       Carlsbad Oceanside Art League, Annual Open 
2012       Front Porch Gallery, 2012 Annual Juried Show
2012       Oceanside Art Gallery (OMA Artist Alliance)
                Juried Show
2012       COAL Gallery Annual Open Show
2012       Featured Artist in September issue of California
                Art News
2012       Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad- Juried Show

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