Joy Forbes Cole grew up in semi-rural Surrey and landscape has remained the dominant theme in her work. She began her studies at the age of fifteen at Sutton School of Art going on to Kingston College of Art (now Kingston University) and had her first exhibition in 1960.
Leaving College she worked for a picture restorer in London and began teaching as a part-time lecturer at Chiswick Polytechnic. Group exhibitions at this time included Southwark Cathedral and the New Art Centre in London and a solo exhibition at the Richmond Hill Gallery.
An interest in industrial landscape resulting from the use of pylons and other structures, purely for their use in compositions, resulted in commissions from business organisations.
Further group exhibitions followed, including the New Grafton Gallery, Barnes SW13, Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden, New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, Orleans House Gallery and solo shows at the Apple Gallery Godalming, Richmond Hill Gallery and the Mayfield Gallery Fulham. More recently she has shown work with the R.O.I at the Mall Galleries and continues to exhibit in London and provincial Galleries and with both Richmond and Chelsea Art societies.
Joy runs a painting workshop at Kew Studio where she has been teaching since 1986. Her work is in private collections such as those of DR.GPlaner and the late Lord Beaumont. She is married to a musician and lives in Richmond Surrey.