Joyful Enriquez is an award-winning fine artist based in northwest Florida. From ayoung age, she spent her time drawing animals and daydreaming about exploring the underwater world with whales and other sea creatures. The artist continues to be inspired by marine wildlife and works to capture the unique essence of color, light, and movement underwater. Joyful implements elements in her work from both representational and expressionist styles, in order to mimic the natural movement and energy found beneath the surface.
Much of Joyful’s work is the result of countless hours of research - from scuba diving, snorkeling, visiting aquariums, and collaborating with naturalists and conservationists. This hands-on approach allows Joyful to expressively depict her subject matter while maintaining accuracy of anatomy and environment. To reflect the message of her work, Ms. Enriquez utilizes eclaimed and repurposed wood for many of her frames.
Joyful holds both a B.S. and M.F.A in studio art and illustration from Pensacola Christian College, as well as membership with the Oil Painters of Americ a, Ocean Artists Societ y, and the Cultural Arts Allianc e. Over the past few years, she has been mentored by master artists such as Mark Susinno, Don Ray, David Miller, and Brian Jekel.
Her work has been featured in several nationally well-known exhibits including St Augustine’s Annual Nature and Wildlife of Florida Exhibitio n, the Oil Painters of America's Salon and Regional Exhibitions and the Richeson75 Gallery Shows. Joyful's work has garnered media attention through TV interviews, newspaper articles, and publications including the prestigious Fine Art Connoisseur collectors magazine.
Currently, the artist 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 efforts. Joyful works through these partnerships to inspire others to participate in the ocean's preservation of marine wildlife and its habitats for generations to come.