Cecelia Joyce Price, Artist and Owner
Whispered Inspirations Art Studio
Cedar Hill, Texas
Our inaugural GIVE.BUILD.SHARE Artist is known as “Joyce” among her family and friends, Cecelia Joyce Price is a life-long educator of nearly 30 years. She has taught high school, has served as a public school administrator, has been a Vacation Bible School Director, and has taught pre-service teachers as a college instructor of record. Recently, she graduated with a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and with a concentration in language and literacy from University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. She is passionate about integrating the arts with English language arts teaching and about pre-service teacher education and pedagogy.
She began painting at the age of 37 after hearing what she believes was God’s whisper urging her to use a skill she did not know she had. And so, she began to paint! A few weeks later, Johnson, her husband, purchased an easel for Joyce, and she set up a painting area in their dining room. She wanted to learn more, so she bought several instruction books, and painted whatever seemed beautiful to her. One day, she placed a supply order using a form in one of those instruction books. When the order arrived, it came with an invitation to study with Jerry Yarnell, a wild life artist and author of the text, who planned to conduct a workshop in Dallas later that year. After attending his workshop, Jerry encouraged Joyce to study with him. For the next few years, she travelled to Jerry’s sessions in and around Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. But soon a new, family-owned art school developed 10 minutes from her home—Visual Expressions Creative Arts School (VECAS) in Cedar Hill, Texas. She enrolled and studied under some of the finest art teachers in Dallas-Fort Worth: Kelli Howie, June Holloway, and Robin Ingle, owner of VECAS. Three years later, Joyce blended her life as an educator with her love for painting by accepting an offer to teach at VECAS. Today, she conducts children’s and teen’s painting classes and art parties on Saturdays. Each week, her students take home a unique work of art.
Five years ago, her dining room art space had grown sorely insufficient, so she had a studio built in her backyard, and there she continues to create works of love for her clients, her family, and for herself. With each piece she paints, she has sought to capture love in whatever form love reveals itself. She finds great joy when viewers share that they feel this love in her work.
She has been a writer for Dallas Art News, an online publication highlighting the latest art news in Dallas Fort Worth and surrounding areas. (http://www.dallasartnews.com/author/ceceliaprice/.) She is also a member of the Desoto Art League and Visual Expressions Art Gallery.
Joyce is a member of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas, and also has strong ties at Good Street Baptist Church where she and her husband met as children. She and Johnson T. Price will be married twenty-one years in August 2017, and they live close to Joyce’s parents, sister, and niece Joni, who Joyce lovingly calls her “Punkin.”
She is honored to be the inaugural artist of the Give. Build. Share. Campaign to build primary schools in Mpeasem in Ghana, West Africa. Limited edition prints of her painting entitled, “Teacher Victoria and Her Students” can be purchased at www.whisperedinspirationsart.com. Half of the proceeds will go towards the building of the schools in Mpeasem and ultimately toward building the futures of the children and families who live there.