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 Joe Garcia  (1945 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: wildlife painting-birds and animals

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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, Adele Earnshaw

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 own studio.

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

Source:
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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