Joellyn Toler Duesberry, age 72, died on August 5, 2016 of pancreatic cancer. Born and brought up in Richmond, Va., she matriculated to Smith College, graduating in 1966 with highest honors. En route to her career as a landscape painter, she acquired a master’s degree from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Her interest in landscape began at age 5 while traveling on a train, where she became transfixed by the images passing by her window. Painting followed soon after and never stopped until the spring of 2015.
Living in New York City, her career blossomed. As a Woodrow Wilson scholarship recipient followed by a National Endowment for the Arts grant, she was able to reduce her work as a fine art appraiser and spend a greater amount of time painting. She acquired a second home and studio in Millbrook, NY, which allowed her the chance to translate her love of the land into broad statements of that love through her artistry.
Many exhibitions followed her development as a painter. Her work resides in numerous museums and private collections around the country.