Joyful Enriquez is an award-winning fine artist based in northwest Florida. From a young 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 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 marine biologists and other conservationists. This hands-on approach allows Joyful to expressively depict her subject matter while maintaining accuracy of anatomy and
environment. In order to be a good steward of earth’s resources, Ms. Enriquez utilizes reclaimed 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 America, Ocean Artists Society, and the Cultural Arts Alliance. Over the past few years, she has been mentored by master artists Mark Susinno, 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 Exhibition, the OPA Salon Show, and the Richeson75 Small Works Expo.
Currently, the artist partners 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. Through inspiration and education, Joyful Enriquez hopes to motivate others to participate in responsible stewardship and preservation of marine wildlife and its habitats for future generations.