• 81°

Using her God-given talent

A watercolor piece by Steele titled "Sandy's Boat" currently on display at the Ironton Briggs Library.

A watercolor piece by Steele titled “Sandy’s Boat” currently on display at the Ironton Briggs Library.

Ashland artist has exhibit at Briggs Library

As a child Joyce Steele loved to sit with a sketchpad and draw whatever took her fancy.

However, going to art school was not in the cards, but that didn’t deter the Ashland woman.

“I’d buy books and I started looking at other artists’ work and read about how they would do a painting,” she said.

But what gave her work the biggest boost is what she calls the “3 Ps.”

“Prayer, practice and perseverance,” she said. “I give God the credit for what I do. He instilled this, but you have to develop and apply the talent he gives.”

Although Steele works in various media, she prefers watercolors.

“I like the fluid manner of watercolor,” she said. “Some people think it is harder, but to me it is easier.”

Steele’s collectors span internationally including France, Sweden and Norway.

“I feel so blessed,” she said.

Until Jan. 15, Steele has an exhibit on the main floor of the Briggs Lawrence County Library’s Ironton branch.