Drawing his inspiration from his home in Spirit Lake, ID, Joe works in oils. His paintings have an old world feel that has been influenced by the 19th century French academic style and the Luminism and Tonalism techniques of the Hudson River School of painting.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest with it’s beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife Joe was exposed to a historic past that included accounts of Native Americans, Pioneers, Mountain Men, Trappers and more. All of which shaped his love of the subject matter he paints today. Traveling to historic sites, national parks and the mountains if Idaho, Montana and Wyoming each year he studies and gathers reference photos and information on the animals and scenery portrayed in his work.
As a youth, Joe would draw every day. His room and home were plastered with drawings and sketches and there was no doubt in his mind he was going to be a successful artist. His senior year was filled with five of six periods of art, including the artist for the school newspaper. Following high school he enrolled in an art program at a local college. Before the year was complete he had come to the conclusion that the emphasis in his courses was toward expression rather than method. Wanting to learn to paint like the old masters, not the modernists he left art school and entered the world of sales where he had nothing to do with art for twelve years. At which time he decided to start drawing again. Nothing too serious, just a few drawings for family and friends. By year sixteen of leaving art school Joe had discovered pastels had been developing his skills in this new medium selling some of his early works and entering his first art shows. He was also approached by his first galleries. Experiencing a bit of success he made the decision to change companies and took a job as an area manager for an auto finance company, allowing him to work from home. This new job had the added benefit of overseeing the Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana territory. While in the field one week each month servicing accounts his camera was always by his side. As he encountered and photographed wildlife he would go home and use the images to create paintings. It was also during this time he discovered oil paints. He quickly learned he could create light and mood in an oil painting that he could not achieve in a pastel and there was no limit to size in oil like there where with pastels. His galleries were accepting of the new work and the new medium. Twenty years after leaving art school Joe was offered his first one man show. He brought seventeen new works and sold all but one. He was ready to do this full time.
Joe was the 2009 recipient of the CM Russell Museum Auction’s “Ralph ‘Tuffy’ Berg Award” given to the most promising up and coming artist.
In 2011, 2014 and 2015 he has had five paintings awarded finalists in
the prestigious Art Renewal Center’s International Salon. He was a featured artist in the book Best of American Oil Painters 2011 and has been featured in publications such as “Fine Art Connoisseur”, “Western Art Collector”, “Art of the West”, “Southwest Art”, “American Art Collector”, “Northwest Sportsman” and “California Sportsman” magazines. His work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public collections throughout North America. He is a member of International Guild of Realism and the American Society of Traditional Artists.