I am a jeweler/artist/printmaker that retired and moved to Dyes Inlet after owning my own custom retail jewelry store, Joel DeTray Jewelers in Clarkston, WA , for 25 years.
I graduated from Western Washington University in the summer of 1973, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and immediately seized the opportunity to open my own retail art studio, DeTray’s Art of Imagination, in the Spokane Flour Mill for Spokane’s Expo ’74 Worlds Fair. I produced and sold exclusively my etchings and intaglio prints in that location. It was superior exposure to my artistic passion as the Flour Mill was/is located at the North entrance to Expo. In the spring of 1975,
I moved back to my home town of Clarkston, WA and in 1978 received an opportunity to apprentice under a master bench jeweler at his retail jewelry store, Thill’s Jewel Box. After working for Thill's and receiving my GIA Graduate Gemologist Certification, I decided to open my own custom jewelry store in Clarkston, Joel DeTray Jewelers, where I served the Lewiston Clarkston Valley and beyond with my expertise in custom jewelry design, manufacture and repair as well as appraisals for 25 more years.
Through these years, as well as selling from my own business, I did popup art shows at various community venues and events, sold in art galleries along the Oregon Coast, and also had some works in the Kenneth Behm Gallery, Bellevue. Throughout this entire span of 48 years since graduating from Western to the present, I have continued to produce and pursue my Printmaking passion.