Paint. Perspective. Connection.
Ben Joyce, a Spokane, Washington based artist always knew he was destined to create art. Even from the age of two. “I felt like art chose me. It was just always there. I used to tell my mom that there was this little man in my head that told me how to create these drawings and translate it to paper.” Yet, as he grew older, he didn’t quite know how he could continue to do it while working a full time job.
“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do was be an artist but I didn’t know how to do that. After I graduated from college, I went to do computer networking for eight months. Quit that. Then construction management for eight months. Quit that.” He paused and looked up, “I guess I could only hold a job for 6-8 months before I went stir crazy.”
Ben eventually decided to only work part time so he could focus on his art. That is until one night when a stroke of inspiration hit him. “It wasn’t until I was laying in my bed looking at the ceiling and I realized it wasn’t just a square ceiling.” He continued, getting more excited, “All of a sudden, I felt like I was looking down on a cityscape and I could see what was behind buildings and it just dawned on me that my art had to be from an aerial perspective.”
“It was 2am and I went out to the garage and started working and stretching canvas across wood-” He stopped, a smile creeping across his face, “And about noon the next day, I had finished it. It was an aerial perspective of Spokane and I knew that this was it.”
From that moment on, Ben continued to create aerial perspectives of various places even coining his own term for the type of art he creates. “I describe my work as Abstract Topophilia® which is ‘the love of place.’ My goal is to create imagery that an individual can connect with and inject their own life and history and connection to that place.”
Ben continued saying, “I think the world would be a better place if we all took a moment in each day to think what a beautiful place we live in and how lucky we are because we’re only here for a split second.”
When asked if this is what he will do for the rest of his life, he said, “At this point, there’s no turning back. This is all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
I think the world would be a better place if we all took a moment in each day to think what a beautiful place we live in and how lucky we are because we’re only here for a split second.