Joe Who?

Joe Who?

I am a Sunday Painter.  Self taught.  My mother, Sarah, introduced me to the application of oil paint. She was a colorist for a portrait photography studio in Pittsburgh, PA, in the early 1960’s. My father, Robert, a portrait photographer.

At eight years of age, I apprenticed with Sarah at the kitchen table. I would apply the background color on family portraits with wads of cotton dampened with turpentine. I suspect that’s why I love the smell of turpentine.  She would finish the subjects. Families, children, pets.  Through this experience, I learned to approach painting as work, not a curious pastime. As much a discipline, as it is a creative process.

My lifetime profession  is equally creative -- marketing for venture funded startup companies.  I live and work in Mountain View, California, just down the street from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  But throughout my exciting professional career I remained committed to painting as an interest and a talent to be developed.   

I’ve painted still lifes, portraits, wildlife, and landscapes. Most recently, California landscapes from real life -- plein air.   Influences include several contemporary masters -- Scott Christensen, Mian Situ, Charles Muench, Thomas Buechner.  My favorite book -- ‘How I Paint’, by Thomas Buechner, a masterpiece of writing.  A great read for painters and non-painters alike. 

Recent Recognitions:

2018 Western Regional Oil Painters of America.  Exhibiting artist. Resurrection River, 24x24

2019 California Art Club San Francisco Chapter. City by the Bay.  Exhibiting Artist. Golden Gate Bridge, 24x24

2019 Santa Cruz Art League. 89th Annual Statewide CA Landscapes Exhibition. Exhibiting Artist.  Sail Surfers off Santa Cruz Coast. 6X12. 

2019 California Art Club San Francisco Chapter. Bay Area Parks: Outdoor Treasures.  Exhibiting Artist.  Palace of Fine Arts. 6X12.

2019 Central Coast Plein Air Painters.  Painted Journeys of Monterey County. Exhibiting Artist. Three plein air paintings accepted.  12x12 Oil on panel. 



California Art Club

Oil Painters of America

Peninsula Outdoor Painters

Past Board Member - Sonoma Arts Guild

Workshops attended:

Paul Kratter

Randy Sexton

2nd, 3rd, 7th Annual Plein Air Convention, Monterey, CA