Illustrating Books on all Topics - for Readers of all Ages
Images of Nature for Advertising & Packaging

About the Illustrator

Award-winning Illustrator Joyce Mihran Turley
has owned and operated Dixon Cove Design as the sole illustrator/designer for nearly 15 years. Specializing in book illustration since 1996, she enjoys working with Trade, imprints, small press, and independent publishers - in the Rocky Mountain region and beyond!

While earning her B.S. in Mathematics at Case Western Reserve University, Joyce studied painting and life drawing at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She continued her art studies at Colorado State University, establishing her illustration and design studio in the 1980s.

Joyce Mihran Turley, Illustrator
Dixon Cove Design - Fort Collins, Colorado

Visiting Pawnee Buttes to gain some perspective!

With my technical background and artistic nature, I offer a unique perspective on natural science and non-fiction topics. Time spent with field observation and research allows me to render scientifically accurate images with a painterly style and colorful palette, engaging readers of all ages.

Joyce has lived in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Fort Collins, Colorado for over 30 years. Her illustration studio permits convenient observation of deer, coyotes, lizards, eagles and hawks - just outside the picture windows! Joyce's love of nature is reflected in much of her artwork. She shares her home with husband and hiking partner Rick, having quickly adjusted to their empty nest!

Joyce is excited to announce
the expansion of her illustration services

... to the advertising & packaging industry ...

Providing images of nature to identify with companies, concepts, and products commited to sustainability and green technology is a natural offshoot of her obsession with being outdoors! Joyce will continue to illustrate books that focus on nature topics, but coming in 2011 she will add projects such as:

  • Labeling for food and beverages including wine & beer labels
  • Packaging for products and companies embracing sustainable processes and materials
  • Advertising for travel and destinations that take activity & entertainment outdoors - to our public lands & National Parks
  • Promotion of green technologies geared toward alternative energy


View my latest portfolio on

Proud member of
GNSI (Guild of Natural Science Illustrators)

Joyce first exhibited at the annual National Book Industry Trade Show hosted by
PUBWEST (Publisher's Association of the West) in 2001 and for many years thereafter. 

For many years, Joyce was a member of SCBWI (Society of Childrens' Book Writers and Illustrators) and served as layout artist for Kite Tales, their regional newsletter.
Joyce has also exhibited at the CIPACollege in Denver, hosted by CIPA (Colorado Independant Publishers Association).

for the Trade Publishing Industry
including Interior Illustration & Book Cover Design
Joyce has won awards and recognition for her Nature illustrations for children. Specializing in presenting images of nature in a painterly style, Joyce also provides line art, diagrams, and full-color paintings for books on topics ranging from medical to self-help & business subjects, to poetry & fiction.

for the Advertising & Packaging Industry
including images of Nature for Food & Beverage Labeling, Organic Products, Green Industry, and more...

for Commercial Clients:
including Logos, Icons, Business stationary, Brochures, Newsletters, Catalogs, and Posters
Joyce can also provide artwork for your promotional merchandise such as custom screen-print t-shirts, embroidered caps/patches, enamel pins, etc.


Grand Canyon Association Velopress
Mountain Press Publishing Human Kinetics
Inter Weave Press Cottonwood Press
American Traveler Press Nomad Press
Schoolyard LTER Sopris West Educational Services
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program Your True Nature
Moonlight Publishing West Village Press/ABC GiftBook
John Suthers, U.S.Attorney-Colorado Hewlett Packard Company
Humpty Dumpty's Magazine ChildCraft Education Corporation
Hobby House Publishing Group Poudre School District
Paradigm Publishing Prosci Research
Western Reflections Publishing Loveland Museum and Gallery

...I feel incredibly lucky to have found you. The book looks fantastic, and it was sheer pleasure to work with you - you’re so professional and so good-natured.
L. Purl - editor
Mountain Press Publishing - Missoula, MT
Loons, Diving Birds of the North

Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World
You're fast and you're great! Would you be interested in the next book?
K. Bishop - publisher
Greystone International, Inc - Las Vegas, NM
Household Winners for WorkingWomen
…The style is wonderful and unique. You're doing a great job…You've been awesome to work with, and I will definitely send anyone I hear of your way. We get compliment after compliment on the artwork.
J. Brown - editor
Prosci Research - Loveland ,CO
Employee's Survival Guide to Change
I sent Dawn your illustrations, by the way, and she LOVED them, too!
C. Thurston - publisher
Cottonwood Press - Fort Collins, CO
Writing Your Life
Hide Your Ex-Lax Under the Wheaties
Looks great, Joyce!
M. Vogl - product designer
Fort Collins, CO
Instruction manual for FastBack System

Taking in the view outside my home studio
Animals Count in Grand Canyon National Park
  • 2010 APPL top Children's Media Award
  • 2010 NAI Media Award, Children

...recognizes achievements in publications, product development and programming by all nonprofit public lands partners MORE>

Judges’ comments: Nice book. The story and illustrations invoke the desire to see the real thing. Spot-on engaging illustrations complement the text very well.

The ABCs of Happiness
  • 2009 PubWest Book Design Award
Awesome Ospreys, Fishing Birds of the World
  • 2008 Mom's Choice® Award
Honoring excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services MORE>
  • 2006 Skipping Stones Honor Award
From Skipping Stones Magazine - awarded annually to 25 books for children which 'encourage understanding of world's diverse cultures, nature and ecological richness.' MORE>
  • NSTA recommends® Selection
The National Science Teacher's Association recognizes outstanding Science trade books for children.
  • Children's BookWatch Selection - April 2006
"Joyce Mihran Turley provides realistic and gorgeous color drawings in a series of magnificent full-page displays complimented by osprey facts...a highly recommended collection acquisition." MORE>
Loons, Diving Birds of the North
  • Winter 2003/2004 Children's BookSense 76 Pick
Unique and provocative selections from a great diversity of voices...all personally recommendedby the independent booksellers of America. MORE>
  • Top 6 Books About Loons
"Stunning book crammed full of paintings and information." Christine Tarski of MORE>


Please contact me initially by email. I will respond promptly with further contact information.

Order Limited Edition Fine Art Prints of many of my book illustrations at Art for Conservation.
I will donate at least 1% of the purchase price to conservation organizations such as the
Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and the Grand Canyon Association.
Purchase Limited Edition prints at:
Please see my Colorado Graphic Design profile on FreelanceDesigners