The first memory I have of really falling in love with life was walking through a museum somewhere in Europe. Holding on to my grandmother’s hand, feeling the cool marble floor and seeing the most beautiful things in the world surrounding us.  

I was lucky to have a grandmother who loved art, and me! My visits to Geneva to see her and traveling around Europe were all too few and far between. But they were enough to light that fire within me, I knew who I was and what I really loved. 

Growing up in the fifties in the suburbs of New York with an alcoholic mother and a cold, distant father was difficult at best. I remember telling my mother that I thought I wanted to be an artist. She said, “Oh no, you can’t do that, that is a very difficult business.” This advice coming from a woman that never worked a day in her life! But at my young age the result of her comment was defeat and despair. Then the sixties arrived! I remember staying up late on a school night, huddling under my covers with a small radio, because the local station was going to play “Let Me Hold Your Hand” at eleven o’clock, by the Beatles, an English group that everyone was talking about.  

Well, as we all know, the shit hit the fan in the sixties. After two years of school as an art major and The Art Students League as my oasis, I decided that I had to leave. Leave the country that is!  

I traveled around Europe for the next three years with a mixed bag of friends, most of them Americans running away from or towards something. It was wonderful, everything we did was artistic. What we ate, how we dressed, our music, our conversation, and what we saw - especially what we saw! All the cities of Europe: Paris, London, Geneva, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Vienna, Athens, Crete, and, for me the most beautiful place in the world, Venice. All the museums, cathedrals, castles, palaces, shows, movies and “Happenings” helped to erase a lot of the insecurities and doubt I had about myself. I was ready to return the New York and stand up to any adversity I might encounter.

Almost immediately after getting back to New York I met the man I married and spent the next ten years with. The one thing I wanted more than anything else was a family. I felt like I had been alone for twenty-eight years, and needed a family to love and to love me too. I have three beautiful children, Heather, Hayley, and Blake. You think you might know what love is but until I knew my children, well, I had no idea!

By the time Blake was a year old I was a single mother of three. It may not have seemed like the smartest thing to do, but this is when I really started painting. I painted and painted and got better and better. People started paying for my work! Wow, this is great! I can actually do what I love, be who I am, and make money! I had moved to Somerset County in New Jersey to raise my children in the fresh air and good school system. This was an affluent area with many who had the means to spend on art, decorate their homes and live the good life.

I was out on a call to a client and realized I did not have the right thing for over her fireplace. But I did know another artist who I was fairly sure had something that would be perfect! Well, it was perfect, and many times more expensive than what my work was going for. I took a modest brokers cut and my new career was born! I love brokering art!!! It lets me spend time with the people I enjoy so much, artists. I understand them, because I am one of them. I respect them, because they are gifted with magic, and I love them, because they have always been so generous with me. They have taught me so much and have been kind and understanding when the rest of the world might not understand. I also really enjoy dealing with art collectors. Yes, if you have one painting or a hundred, you are a collector. You are very often, a difficult group! Demanding and confused, fearful and needing someone to trust,

I love walking away after a sale and seeing one happy person with a big smile waving goodbye! I know they will call me again when they want another piece and recommend me to a friend because they know I am on their side.

I think you’re not a nice person if you don’t share! At some point in your life, if you have accumulated some knowledge about whatever, teach others! Do it for selfish reasons, because I promise that if you teach, you will learn more than you would ever believe. I have always loved teaching an art class. I feel happy knowing that there are people out there painting because I had a little something to do with it!

Well, if you have read this far, I must say thank you. Thank you for visiting my web site, and thank you for spending your valuable time with me.

Do not hesitate to send me any questions. I am always wondering about what people are thinking and interested in.

- Joy


Artist & Art Instruction

New York, NY and Somerset County, NJ; 1980 – Present 

Painter in oils, trained at the Art Students League in New York.  Pieces held in private collections including the Aresty, Markham, Lushing and Saunders collections, and public collections at Columbia Law School, the Peapack-Gladstone Bank, Mayor and Borough Offices of Peapack & Gladstone, NJ.  Teacher of painting and fundamentals of art to individual clients and group classes throughout the tri-state area.   

Owner and Director, Malin Fine Art

Far Hills, NJ and New York, NY; 1993 – Present 

Manage all aspects of independent fine art brokerage firm.  Responsible for identifying artistic talent, setting price levels, planning and executing special events, and managing studio finances. Also produced several annual fund-raising events for the Morristown Memorial Hospital, The Goryeb Foundation, Songs of Love and other non-profit organizations.  Collaborate with interior design and architectural consultants.  Clients include private collectors (such as the Aresty, Dorian, and Sumner collections), businesses (such as AT&T, The RJO Group, Newburger Bernman, Alfred Dunner, and DynamicSoft), and public institutions (such as the Somerset Art Association and the Park Avenue Club). Typical sales price range of $2,500 - $10,000.  Represent visual artists working in various media, including painting and sculpture.  Artists include John Reilly, Lee W. Hughes, Robert Leighton Armstrong and John Henry.

Sales Associate, William Wayne & Co.

New York, NY2006 – 2007

Working as sales associate for high-end home furnishing company.  Dealing in items for the home, garden, and cottage.  Responsibilities include overseeing operations, client consultations, inventory management and bookkeeping.  

Sales Consultant, CFM Gallery,                                                                                                 

SOHO, NY; 2005 - 2006

Sold artworks to and acted as consultant for, private clients of high end Manhattan gallery.  Represent visual artists working in various media, including paintings, sculpture, lithography, and estate jewelry. Artists include Salvador Dali, Leonor Fini, Frederick Hart, Michael Parkes, and Anne Bachelier. 

Sales Associate, The Wentworth Gallery                              

Bridgewater, NJ; 1992 – 1993

Sold artworks to private clients as a representative of Wentworth Gallery.   Media included painting, sculpture and lithography.  Sales conducted in gallery and through on-site client consultations.