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Ashland Gallery Guide 49
J OYCE F E IGNER
As a child growing up on the
Joyce Crawford Feigner was
encouraged to draw and paint
the wildlife near the Klamath
lake and surrounding forest. She
spent time with her Modoc father
Bill Crawford, hiking, fishing
and hunting on what is now the
Winema National Forest.
Her roots run deep in the area.
One of the favorite family stories
is that of William, Joyce’s great
grandfather, who at age 9, was
in Captain Jack’s stronghold during
the Modoc war of 1873. Joyce attended
grade school in Chiloquin, Ashland, and
high school in California. She eventually
returned to Ashland to attend SOC
(now SOU), to earn a degree in fine arts,
studying under Robert Alston, Lyle
Matoush and Betty LaDuke. Throughout
life her main focus has always been on
art, and she still has her first painting
made as a child.
Joyce met her husband Steve at SOC
in 1971; “it was love at first sight.” They
have been happily married 46 years.
He also graduated from SOC and then
continued at OSU for a degree in forest
pathology, followed by a career at the
Forest Service nursery in Central Point.
They bought their land on Yank Gulch
Road in Talent, living for three years
in a trailer while they built their log
house from their own trees, using only
a chainsaw, a peavy, a come-along,
and an axe.
They’ve lived in their large log house
for more than 40 years raising their
son, Eric. Eric is now a self-employed
computer program developer in
Portland, after spending his entire
childhood through high school on the
farm, with dogs, cats, pigs and cows
for playmates. Joyce calls herself
The landforms there are an inspiration
to Betty, along with the cattle drives,
branding irons and other artifacts of
the cattle culture.
Often when working from photographs
she has to put away the photo in order
to finish the painting. She showed
us a large piece depicting a harbor.
The huge building among the piers was
the Bandon logging mill. It has since
been torn down. Her painting now
Betty has been a member of the
Watercolor Society of Oregon since
1991. She belongs to Artists Workshop,
and Southern Oregon Society of
Artists, both for the opportunity for
critique, the former to meet and paint
with other artists. She wants to try
abstract compositions, getting help
from a critique group. She anticipates
a lot of searching for the key to
abstraction, Betty told us, “I really
do like color.”
See Betty’s Artist Listing on page 32.