Artist Joe A. Oakes

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Each painting is an emotional response to time and place. The colors, real or imagined, are chosen to evoke a feeling. I choose to express those feelings through the use of bold, vibrant highlights and shadows of violet hues. I want my viewers to feel what I feel and place themselves in the scene. Landscapes are about the joy of nature and the colors it offers us. My aim, as an artist, is to promote an awareness of nature by challenging each person to think about the colors of the landscape in a new way.
Artist Joe A. Oakes was a curious and observant child. He believe this is what led him to start creating art at the age of five. It was a way for him to keep record of the things he saw and found interesting.
Joe was born in Chicago and grew up in the city and it’s surrounding suburbs. His love of mountains and other natural scenes grew mostly from his own imagination. Throughout his life, he has always been fascinated by the natural world and how to represent it through drawing and painting. This interest was cultivated throughout his school years and further developed when he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton.
After completing his degree, Joe went right to work as a graphic designer, taking a break from his personal, artistic endeavors. He concentrated solely on his work and creating a family life. He believes that two major events of his life are what motivated him to paint again. The first was his cancer diagnosis in 1994 and the second was the loss of his son in 2009. These strengthened his resolve to make a career for himself as a full-time artist.
Soon he began painting again, creating small pieces in pastel before [...]

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