Dover woman’s new business artfully done

Dover artist Joyce Lapp stands inside a “Renoir” custom mural she created in her new Otis Drive studio, Learn 2 Paint. (Delaware State News photo by Dave Chambers)

Dover artist Joyce Lapp stands inside a “Renoir” custom mural she created in her new Otis Drive studio, Learn 2 Paint. (Delaware State News photo by Dave Chambers)

DOVER –– With 38 years of painting experience, Joyce Lapp has opened her own studio, Learn 2 Paint, in Dover, to display her art and teach classes.

Ms. Lapp’s experience with painting ranges from airbrushing to watercolor, oil and acrylic.

She started exercising her artistic side while working at Dover Graphics, where she made prints by hand and from there went to air brushing.  After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she decided to begin working with fine arts in a variety of mediums and hone in on her skills.

“I’ve taken master classes from some of the best artists around,” said Ms. Lapp of Dover.  “It’s something I continue to do to improve my skills and keep up with current trends.”

Ms. Lapp works in her Dover studio.

Ms. Lapp works in her Dover studio.

In her studio, she has a wide variety of work, but most are either on canvas or prints.

“The medium I use really just depends on my mood, but my favorite type of painting is murals,” she said.

“I really like to create on a large scale.”

Ms. Lapp’s current large-scale project is a mural on the exterior of King Buffet on U.S. 13 in Dover. The mural embodies the restaurant’s Chinese theme, featuring mountains, water lilies and a flutist in traditional Chinese garb.

Murals aren’t the only pieces Ms. Lapp commissions, she also creates both portraits and oil paintings although her personal favorite subjects are dogs, flowers and birds.

“I have a few favorites but I wish there was more time because there is so much beauty around us I’d like to paint,” she said.

“Everything God created is just so beautiful.”

It was back in 2009 when Ms. Lapp first decided she needed studio space of her own.

“I started with a small room at Spence’s (Bazaar in Dover) but I outgrew it so I moved everything into my garage and before I knew it, it seemed like

Ms. Lapp sticks her head through a winter sledding scene she created. More information about Learn 2 Paint can be found online at joycelapp.com or by calling Ms. Lapp at 222-3505.

Ms. Lapp sticks her head through a winter sledding scene she created. More information about Learn 2 Paint can be found online at joycelapp.com or by calling Ms. Lapp at 222-3505.

my work was taking up the whole house,” she said.

After settling on a location for her studio, Learn 2 Paint had its grand opening on July 25.

“I don’t want the studio to be something just for me, I’d like to get other artists involved as well,” she said.

“I know a lot of artists like to work alone, but I think it would be nice to work together and share ideas. It could benefit everyone.”

Although her personal experience in painting is extensive, Ms. Lapp also has 15 years’ teaching experience, from one-on-one sessions to groups as large as 20 from ages seven and up.

She has taught classes in retirement communities such Westminster Village in Dover once a month to give residents an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise.

For one-on-one lessons, Ms. Lapp can cater to the individual’s interests and skill level to help them improve on a subject and medium of their choosing.

More information about Learn 2 Paint can be found online at joycelapp.com or by calling Ms. Lapp at 222-3505.

The studio is at 615 Otis Drive in Dover’s Tudor Industrial Park.

Joyce Lapp’s most recent large-scale project was a mural on the exterior of King Buffet on U.S. 13 in Dover. Ms. Lapp designed the mural to fit the Chinese restaurant’s theme by featuring mountains, water lilies and mountains. (Delaware State News photo by Ashton Brown)

Joyce Lapp’s most recent large-scale project was a mural on the exterior of King Buffet on U.S. 13 in Dover. Ms. Lapp designed the mural to fit the Chinese restaurant’s theme by featuring mountains, water lilies and mountains. (Delaware State News photo by Ashton Brown)

Reach staff writer Ashton Brown at abrown@newszap.com. Follow @AshtonReports on Twitter.

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