Joe Velazquez

  • A New Land

    Oil
    24” x 36”

    SOLD

Artist’s Bio

Joe is an avid student of history spending many hours of research in the design of each painting. His library is extensive. His consultants are acclaimed experts in their various fields of historical focus. Joe travels to various historical sites to explore the life style of the people whose story he will ultimately tell. He has established close relationships with many re-enactors who relive, with passion, a period in by-gone years that is known only in history books or loosely depicted in docudramas.
During the early years of his career, Joe worked in several mediums: bronze, charcoal, pastels, water colors along with oil paints. As the years passed, the demands of multiple mediums caused him to focus on oil painting even though he had a great love for the others, especially bronze.

Joe is an avid student of history spending many hours of research in the design of each painting. His library is extensive. His consultants are acclaimed experts in their various fields of historical focus. Joe travels to various historical sites to explore the life style of the people whose story he will ultimately tell. He has established close relationships with many re-enactors who relive, with passion, a period in by-gone years that is known only in history books or loosely depicted in docudramas.

Joe studied art at Colorado State University in the early 60’s and was significantly influenced by one of his instructors, John Sorbie. He was a tremendous motivator for the serious student of art. Joe reflects, “When I took his courses it was as though he lit a rocket and I was riding it”.

Joe’s creative passion is the exploration of the human spirit … whether it is a by-gone moment in history or a snippet from yesterday’s fare. His personal challenge begins as he envisions the role light, shadow and shade will play in the accurate depiction of the scene emerging from his canvas. The play of light is what causes the mystery of form and shadow to become a visual feast, an emotional experience. Velázquez’ use of color depends on the ambiance of the story to be told. Sometimes his color usage is very bold and brilliant. Other times it is soft and monochromatic. The emerging story dictates the palette.

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