Joey Heuisler Ward (born: Los Angeles) is a representational artist who currently works and resides in Southern California.

JHW studied with artist, Athena Hall, from age seven though high school, and had her first gallery showing at age 17.

“I look for ghosts, fingerprints, energy, struggle, and evidence of the human narrative in the subject matter. There is a connection between the imagery and the viewer’s projection. Evoking that emotional firing is what drives me, as an artist.”


Initially, Joey majored in art at university and had a career in advertising as an art director. She returned to university and earned advanced degrees in psychology and social work, transitioning her career to medical and mental health settings, while continuing to pursue development as an artist. JHW completed her thesis research in Creativity.

Joey works in pastels, oils, watercolors, and gouache, in her studio and en plein air

Joey is a near-sighted Libra, INTJ, the mother of one daughter, and the daughter of two mothers.

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