Joyful Enriquez

Joyful Enriquez Artists

Joyful Enriquez is an award-winning marine artist based in northwest Florida. From a young age she dreamed of being an underwater explorer and her art was of the underwater world.  Whales and other sea creatures inspired her life, and that inspiration continues today. Her images capture the unique color and movement of light underwater. Joyful mixes representational and expressionist styles and captures the natural movement and energy found beneath the surface.

Joyful’s work is the result of intense research - from scuba diving, snorkeling, visiting aquariums, and collaborating with naturalists and conservationists. The hands-on approach allows Joyful to express her subject matter while maintaining accurate anatomy and environment. To reflect the natural theme, Joyful often uses reclaimed and repurposed wood for many of her frames.

Joyful holds both a BS and MFA in studio art and illustration from Pensacola Christian College, and is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Ocean Artists Society, and the Cultural Arts Alliance. She has been mentored by the master artists Mark Susinno, Don Ray, David Miller, and Brian Jekel.

Several national exhibits have featured Enriquez works, including St. Augustine’s Annual Nature and Wildlife of Florida Exhibition, the Oil Painters of America Salon and Regional Exhibitions and the Richeson 75 Gallery Shows. Joyful's work has been featured in TV interviews, newspaper articles and publications, including the prestigious Fine Art Connoisseur magazine.

Joyful regularly collaborates with non-profit organizations such as the Coastal Conservation Association, Gulf World Marine Institute, and the C.A.R.E. Sea Turtle Institute to support ocean wildlife conservation. Joyful works through these partnerships to inspire others to participate in ocean preservation of marine wildlife and its habitats for generations to come.