I do not have to go far to find outdoor scenes that move me. Some of my favorite haunts are only a short walk from my home studio. Creeks, ponds, golf course... my own back yard...anything with exciting moods and light. My mind can be flush with memories, feelings and love of nature. Sketchbook and digital camera are valuable tools in my constant search for ideas and views that excite me.
In my art I dissect, simplify and freely interpret what I see and feel. I paint mostly in my home studio but also en plein air. Working in oils or acrylics I usually start off with a warm toned canvas or gessoed panel. With a large, flat brush I draw lines and forms blocking in the compositional shapes and tones. Working quickly I build up spontaneous layers of colors which I manipulate, exaggerate and invent. The process starts fast and furious but ends calmly and thoughtfully with many retreats to the far side of my studio to assess. The painting can be detailed or very loose and abstract.
My desire is to share my experience of painting while stimulating my viewer’s feelings and imagination.
Joseph’s youth was spent drawing, painting and building things with jaunts into swamps and bayous of his native Louisiana. While majoring in Fine Arts at LSU he worked 3 yrs. in the Natural History Museum on campus using specialized skills in preparing native habitat dioramas. He competed with other colleges on the R.O.T.C. rifle team and archery team.
Finishing LSU, he entered the museum field as a Curator of Exhibits designing science and history exhibits for two museums. Six years later he was recruited to be a designer for Peter Wolf Associates in Dallas where he, for nine years, designed large complex tradeshow exhibits.
In 1977 Joseph started his own business in Dallas and for 21 years created an amazing diversity of props, sets, scale models, outsized sculpture, 3D illustrations and special effects for ad agencies, photographers, corporations, zoos, museums, film and television.
In 1998, while still running his commercial business, Joseph started graduate school where his painting production skyrocketed. In 2000 he earned an MFA with honors at Texas Woman’s University. He was awarded membership in the National Honor society of Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence and now has a painting scholarship in his name at the university.
He has taught painting, drawing and design at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX, Eastfield College in Dallas (for18 yrs. his taxidermy class was so popular there was always a waiting list), State College of Florida, Art Center Manatee and Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota. He’s been instructing part time now for 55 years and painting full time since moving to Sarasota in 2001. Joseph continues to teach at Art Center Sarasota, and doing private tutoring and workshops.
His paintings have been widely exhibited and collected in the United States and have won many awards, including in the National and American Watercolor Societies, and Best of Show in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He is represented by Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota.