MOORESVILLE – Davidson resident Joyce Wynes, one of the featured artists at Andre Christine Gallery, has a passion for pattern in her art.

Her contemporary style always includes patterns but with a hitch. She always makes sure that in her pieces one of the patterns breaks – a symbolic way of reminding people to break outside of their comfort zone.

Her love of shapes and patterns comes from her early exposure to sewing.

“At age 9, my mother taught me to sew,” Wynes said. “She always encouraged me to change the paper patterns used to cut out clothes.”

After high school, Wynes said she used the left side of her brain and earned a degree in statistics.

When her children were in school, she started taking classes at the Nazareth College of Rochester.

She had accolades early in her career. After winning the Gertrude Ford Award for Excellence in Art, she started a graphic arts business.

Eventually she came back to fine arts. 

She has her artwork divided into two types of pieces, representational and nonrepresentational. Representational subjects include the human figure, hands and flowers. Her non-representational art has a similar style to Pablo Picasso.

She has turned some of her more contemporary paintings into cards and journals. But her first love has always been figure painting, and one of her first paintings, her favorite.

“’Women in art, where are they?’ was inspired when I took an art history class and only one woman artist was mentioned,” she said.

To honor female artists, Wynes painted a woman sitting with a quilt draped over her lap. In the squares of the quilt were replications of paintings by women.

Seeing women artists neglected motivated Wynes to take up women’s rights as a cause for her artwork. She produces two works a year to emphasize the thought, “I am woman, I can fly.”