Joyce Ella Parfitt
Born Crumpsall, Manchester, now living in Delph. Left High school with a Distinction in Art but a career in the subject was abandoned, due to parents financial status, so I worked in an office doing ' a proper job'.
Marriage and children followed with the commitments therein. But, when one of my sons attended art school, I resumed my passion for the subject. My first solo exhibition, in Abraham Moss College Library, was favoured by the then Chief librarian, a Mister Wallman, and ,as a result I was interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester. I came to Delph in 1984 and became a member of the Saddleworth Group of Artists of which I am now President. I have a studio, The Attic, in Delph where I run workshops on a weekly basis, giving tuition where necessary. I have been selected for exhibitions in galleries in the Northwest namely, Manchester City Gallery, Stockport, Oldham, who have one of my works in their collection, Bury , Buxton and Saddleworth to name some. I paint in oils mainly and pastels. My favourite subjects being the human form as characters, still life and flowers, landscapes. In fact, anything which inspires me! My walks, in the English countryside or city, accompanied with my camera as an 'aide memoire'are the starting point for these works. I feel that I am on a journey where I continually strive to be a better painter.