A native of Virginia, Joyce did his undergraduate work at Emory and Henry College, where he majored in French and German.  As a result of an Art History class and a summer in Germany and Austria visiting galleries, cathedrals, castles, and other historical places, he became interested in art, architecture, and photography while writing a paper on his trip and documenting where possible with his lime green Brownie camera.  During this period, he lived with a baron and baroness, who provided him with numerous opportunities not generally available.


On returning to college for his senior year, he became editor of the college newspaper, where he developed an interest in journalism and broadcasting and increased his interest in photography.  After trying to teach French and English in a rural secondary school for three years and discovering he had no patience, he entered graduate school at the University of Tennessee where he majored in journalism and broadcasting, taking numerous photography and film classes.  His thesis was actually a 16mm film that he scripted, filmed, and edited.


After four years, as a public relations director at a college, while also teaching journalism and film-making classes, he moved to the Department of Energy (DOE) facilities in Oak Ridge, TN, where he did an additional three-year stint in public relations.  However, his 30-year career at the DOE sites also included work in technical writing and editing, human resources, training, and contracts.  Although the public relations positions provided for a direct involvement in photography, the other positions provided for an indirect contact where his previous experience was valuable.


Retiring in 2014 to a cabin four miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Joyce has had a great opportunity for nature photography, taking his cameras hiking, camping, and kayaking.  He continues to be interested in architectural detail, structure, and symmetry that have continued to develop since his college days.  In addition, because of his sense of humor, he enjoys the whimsical and ironic subjects, which have a specialized audience, with no one interested in really buying these photos, but bring a smile to him.


My work is on exhibit at the guild's gallery at 7719 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend.


Presently, I am a member of the Townsend Artist Guild, Townsend, TN.

Jim Joyce

355 Boat Gunnel Road

Townsend, TN 37882