Meet the Artist


Owner, Joy Works Paintings

Linda Dwyer is a Christian artist with a purpose…She paints to bring God glory and Joy to those who view her work.  Linda has lived in Ruston, Louisiana 22 years with her husband, Sean, a business professor at Louisiana Tech, and they have three sons, Sean, Connor and Ryan.  Linda is the owner of Joy Works Paintings, a mixed media on canvas painting business she does out of her home studio…she paints abstracts, angels, and landscapes. 


Prior to September 2016, Linda had hardly ever painted before.  Becoming an empty nester, Linda  prayed for her purpose and an evangelist, Dr. Clarice Fluitt prayed a powerful  prayer "that new doors of opportunity would open for her and her family...that they would be purpose and destiny filled"...a week later she felt God put on her heart to start painting. Joy Works Paintings is really a miracle...she has painted over 1,500 paintings in three years...her paintings are in four local stores and many of her paintings have sold all over the country.    


Linda prays over each piece and usually puts a small cross in each painting.   Having actually encountered angels…painting them is something she felt God wanted her to do to remind people how real He truly is!  She paints custom made angel paintings!   Since Linda started painting, she has enjoyed taking several classes from Douglas Walton at Loretta Owens studio here in Ruston.  She has learned new techniques and these have helped her expand her creativity and business.


You can find Joy Works Paintings in four local stores, The Avenue, The Frame up, The Hair Studio on Park Avenue, and Mitcham's Peach Gift Shop. She won the People’s choice award at the Holiday Arts Tour in 2016.  Linda’s Joy Works Paintings website is, also on Facebook and Instagram. Her hope is that people will sense Joy when they see her works and be encouraged by her experience and reminded that “with God ALL things are possible”! Matthew 19:26.


Ruston Makers Fair, Ruston, Louisiana   October 2016, Demonstration artist

Ruston Holiday Arts Tour, Ruston, Louisiana. December 2016, People’s Choice Award Winner


Ruston Makers Fair, Ruston, Louisiana,

April 2017


Ruston Peach Festival, Ruston, Louisiana, June 2017


Ruston Makers Fair, Ruston, Louisiana, October 2017


Ruston Holiday Arts Tour, Ruston, Louisiana, December 2017


Ruston Makers Fair, Ruston, Louisiana, April 2018


NCLAC, Joy Works Paintings Exhibit at the Dixie Center for the Arts, Feb. thru May 2018


Ruston Peach Festival, Ruston, Louisiana, June 2018

Ruston Holiday Arts Tour

December, 2018

Ruston Artisans Gallery

Angels Among Us Exhibit

December, 2018