Joetta was raised on a small farm in Kentucky. When she wasn’t shellin’ peas or feedin’ the chickens, she was drawing pictures for the outhouse wall. It wasn’t ideal gallery space, but it did provide a captive, even contemplative audience.
In the early years, she worked as a narrative artist, telling a small story while entertaining with vivid color and the malleable composition of the female form, using humor as she would color, line or shape; to suggest, expose and define a dichotomy of ideas, prejudices and predilections.
Currie's work evolved and now takes an introspective view of herself and life's impressions. A rich palette and a gentler sense of humor, reveal beautifully executed images that explore the organic nature of life.
Joetta also creates mosaic art from stained glass and found objects.
"The clicking of the cutters and puzzling of shapes, are cathartic. Once the idea and composition are resolved, I can place tessera while thinking of my next work of art. I can't do that while painting."
For the past twenty years, Currie has owned ArtVentures Studio, an art school for children and teens. She also writes and illustrates children’s stories under the pen name, Josey Etta.