Artist Joyce Savre Hutt comes to painting through poetry – and her Minnesota heritage

by Linda Hubbard on February 6, 2014

While writing has always been part of Joyce Savre Hutt’s life, she found that she needed to create paintings and collages to further express herself.

“Language is of the essence,” says the Menlo Park resident. “I came to painting through poetry. I had so much in my head I thought I’d float away. Picking up a brush grounded me.”

Joyce has an exhibit of recent works called “Letters Home Across the Fields” at Gallery 9 in Los Altos through March 1. An open-to-the-public artist reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 7th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. (Her work can also be seen at The Studio Shop in Burlingame.)

Letters Home by Joyce Savre“When I started what I call ‘letters home’ I thought, ‘What am I doing here?'” she says. “Then I just got caught up. It’s going to be something different to whoever looks at the work.

“When I was growing up in Minnesota, I was on the ground during the winter. I couldn’t see the delineation of the fields until I flew over the same area. Seeing the shapes informed by art.”

Joyce, who works as a psychiatric nurse at Stanford Hospital three days a week, is at her studio in the Linden Street Warehouse almost every day. “Sometimes I come after work just to look,” she says. “I write notes of what I’m going to do.”

She does some representational pieces; poppies that line the meridian near the hospital during spring are a favorite subject. But she doesn’t view them as truly representational.

“From my perspective, everything is abstract,” she says. “I want to paint what being in a field of flowers feels like — not the exact flowers.”

More of Joyce’s artwork can be viewed on her website.

Photo of the artist by Irene Searles

“Letters Home”, mixed media, 30×24, is part of the Gallery 9 exhibit

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