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Joy Sikorski (1952-2009)
Authors : A Tribute to Author & Artist Joy Sikorski

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A Tribute to ‘How to Draw’ Author & Artist Joy Sikorski

By Chris Dunmire, founder of Creativity Portal

Joy's CarI was saddened to learn of author Joy Sikorski's passing on August 18, 2009, at the age of 57, following a 10-year battle with ovarian cancer.

I had the rare privilege of interviewing Joy in 2004 for a multi-faceted feature on Creativity Portal that would include two book reviews and an assortment of playful drawing lessons from Joy's books, How to Draw a Clam, and Squeaky Chalk (see below).

Since then, visitors to our Web site have enjoyed Joy's creative contributions, finding a kindred spirit in the playful core of her work that continues to inspire creative expression at every age. Her indelible humor is a mark of honor.

Although Joy's former Web site is no longer online, these pages on Creativity Portal remain as a testament to her legacy and love for sharing her creative gifts with the world.

The last question I asked Joy in her interview was, "If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?"

Joy responded: "I hope my legacy is to let everyone know that they can draw, it's easy and fun! And to be silly, which helps in everything in life."

Joy didn't know that when she said 'Yes' to my interview request, I was beside myself because it was my first big interview with a best-selling author.

I also had no idea that Joy's interview would be the groundbreaking forerunner to our Creative Careers in the Arts interview series that launched in 2006.

Since then more than 100 artists, authors, performers, and other professionals have been interviewed for Creativity Portal, among the headliners: SARK, Jill Badonsky, Natalie Goldberg, Jan Phillips, and Angela Cartwright.

Not too long before she passed, Joy and I exchanged e-mails discussing ways we might promote her upcoming book How to Draw a Sailing Cat and 99 Other Adventurous Things (2009) on Creativity Portal. She was excited about the possibility, but we ran out of time before it could happen. I didn't know she was ill.

Fans of Joy Sikorski's work can still get her books through the library, Amazon, and other booksellers.

I bet Joy would be amused at knowing that through all of these years I've been writing about her, my spell check has prompted me to substitute "silkworms" for "sikorski". Believe me, I've been tempted . . . but Joy Silkworms just wouldn't be the same.

Thank you Joy. . . for all that you are. •

Inspiring Features with Joy Sikorski

An interview with Joy SikorskiAn Interview with Joy Sikorski (2004)
Chris Dunmire asked Joy a few questions about her work as an author and artist. Read her inspiring responses here.

How to Draw a Clam book review and free sample drawing lessonsHow to Draw a Clam Book Review and Free Drawing Lessons
Learn more about Joy's how-to drawing book that doubles as a nifty vacation planner with clam money and a game too! Also features several of Joy's whimsical drawing lessons from How to Draw a Clam.

Squeaky Chalk book review and free sample drawing lessonsSqueaky Chalk Book Review and Free Drawing Lessons
Squeaky Chalk is not just an ordinary how-to drawing book. It's a spiral-bound adventure! Also features several of Joy's whimsical drawing lessons from Squeaky Chalk, plus samples of Creativity Portal's own play as we 'learned' along too!

Updated 12/17/13