Born in Surrey, Joy Brand has lived most of her life in Buckinghamshire where the Chiltern hills and woodlands fostered her interest in landscape. North Wales, Scotland, Hampshire and Somerset have also provided her with many subjects. She has made a particular study of the forms of moving water in stream, river and the sea.
Joy studied at the Slade School and later in the printmaking studio of the former Burleighfield Art Centre. The concern for detail evident in her work may derive in part from the time she spent as Medical Artist to Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Joy does her own proofing; for her mastery of the technique of lithography and exploration of its possibilities and constraints are the essential starting point for work in this medium.