Artist Joe Collard
I have been painting in oils for more than sixty years. Initially earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Missouri Valley College, my classes included oil painting and art history. Over the course of my art career, I have been fortunate to paint with a variety of teachers including several years with noted Houston artist Dick Turner. An international business career provided me with opportunities to travel and become familiar with museum collections worldwide in Europe, Asia, and South America. While living in Amsterdam, I painted with Sharma Peterson's Atelier Kunst Als Tweede Taal (Art as a Second Language). Since my retirement from business in 2003, I have painted with Tracy Viser at The Woodlands Academy of Art and Marty Hatcher at the Artists' Retreat and Learning Center. During a trip to Italy, I studied in the studio with Jerry Fresia. I have participated in numerous workshops taught by gifted master artists and instructors and am currently a member of the Woodlands Art league. I also paint on a regular basis with the 'Turner Group', an organization of former Dick Turner students. To contact me, please use the 'contact the artist' form.
My Approach and Style:
Paintings that attract me have plenty of contrast, some subtle color, and just enough information so I can understand what the artist wants to convey. I think of my work as being traditional but it would be better described as impressionistic. I tend to paint quickly with large brushes placing large shapes first and working the whole canvas at once whether the subject is portrait, landscape, or still life. Ninety percent of the painting is usually finished within the first hour or two. After setting the canvas in view for a few days, I make corrections or push values as I see fit and continue until I feel the necessary changes have [...]
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