Joy is an artist, painter, jewelry designer, sculptor, gardener and illustrator. She has illustrated 8 books, including the award winning MISS LADY BIRD’S WILDFLOWERS; How A First Lady Changed America, by the multi-talented,  award winning Kathi Appelt. Joy's art is collected by art appreciators living around our amazing planet.  She enjoys sharing her love of art and nature with people of all ages.

She and her husband, artist Frank Hein, live in the Texas Hill Country. Joy is also a Texas Master Naturalist and certified to create Schoolyard Habitats for The National Wildlife Federation.