1962 - ?

Joy Pirtle

As Joy Deborah Tuckwell, she was born at Ipswich in October 1962, daughter of Kenneth Tuckwell and his wife Maisie Dorothy née Crowe, who married in 1953 and Joy grew up in Worlingworth, near Eye. Joy was among the very first intake of girls at, the former all boys, Woodbridge School in Suffolk, and studied at the Ipswich Art School in High Street gaining a Diploma in Art and Design, before proceeding to Canterbury University. Halfway through her studies, her grandmother left her the then considerable sum of 1,000, which she used to travel, trekking across Africa, Turkey and the USA before returning home, her travels fired her creative imagination in her painting which led to the Bentwaters base commander appointing Joy as artist in residence. She obtained a position as a personal assistant to the district works officer at RAF Bentwaters and married in 1988, American, Gary M. Pirkle and paints under the name of Joy Pirkle. By the time of the closure of the base about 1991, the year that her twins were born, Kenneth and Loretta with another son Kenneth William, born 1995, but the marriage ended, and once her three children were at school, Joy returned to Suffolk College to complete her BA (hons) Fine Art degree course. Joy Pirkle has an enviable reputation as a portrait painter having immortalised people like Frankie Dettori, Karen Pickering and David Sheepshanks and has exhibited at Corn Exchange Gallery, Ipswich; Digby Gallery, Colochester; Ancient House Gallery, Ipswich and at Stowhealth Centre, Violet Hill Road, Stowmarket. Joy is now passing on her skills to Suffolk's school children at Farlingaye High School in Woodbridge. Her daughter Loretta May Pirkle, born January 1991, is also an artist.

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