|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|A teacher of wildlife painting in California, Joe Garcia focuses on
animals and patterns of light and shadow and is especially interested
in depicting birds. He is very disciplined in his working habits,
spending eight to five daily in his studio with a break for
lunch. He says: "To me, every day is an art day." (26)|
His studio is close to his house near Palomar Mountain in Southern
California, and he lives with his wife of thirty years, Anne, who does
the framing for his paintings in an adjoining studio. They
are close friends and workshop collaborators with one of his students,
He is a native Californian who was born in Escondito and grew up on a
small ranch near San Diego, where he became aware of wildlife in their
habitats. He spent much time surfing off the San Diego Coast, especially with his son when he was growing up.
At the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he
studied advertising and illustration and worked as a graphics
illustrator. Before commiting to art, he studied geography
and geology at Palomar Community College and then transferred to San
Diego State University. Unable to handle the mathematics and
wanting to pursue serious art study, he had help from his art
instructor, James Hulbert, in putting together a portfolio which he
used for entry at the Art Center College of Design. Garcia gives
Hulbert much credit for the positive direction of his career.
He earned a bachelor of fine arts degree and then took a job as a
magazine illustrator followed by a graphic designer position for the
city of San Diego. In 1983, he became a full-time artist in his
Joe Garcia has been honored as Artist of the Year by
Trout Unlimited, California Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited and the
National Wildlife Federation for whom he has designed greeting
cards. He much appreciates those organizations for giving him
exposure to the public and exhibition opportunities.
Mostly Garcia is focused on doing originals as he believes the limited
edition print market has gotten out of control, and that spending time
mailing these items is a waste of his efforts. He wants to spend
most of his time painting rather than 'packing and shipping'.
He also teaches classes, one of them an adult class at the local high school for 30 years
Paul Sinclair, "Joe Garcia: Crazy About Birds", Wildlife Art, March/April 2006, pp. 26-29
|Biography from Cody Fine Art Gallery:|
|Native Californian Joe Garcia lives and works near Julian, California, where the forest of oaks and pines shelter an abundance of birds, deer and other wildlife. It is a perfect setting for an artist who specializes in painting those subjects. |
Garcia earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an advertising/illustration emphasis from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1970. He worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for 13 years, and spent his free hours honing his watercolor painting skills and showing his paintings in galleries and national exhibits.
Garcia left the commercial work behind in 1983, and began painting full-time. He generally portrays his subjects in a tight, yet delicate center of interest, complemented by a loose, interpretive background. In addition to his watercolors of wildlife he enjoys painting oils on location and in the studio.
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