In 2008 Joel picked up a brush for the first time and with no formal training in painting or drawing began a process that now keeps him engaged every day of the week.
Working from his home office/studio in Baltimore his time is taken up between painting and men’s apparel sales which has been his career for the past 45 years.
With over 400 completed paintings, his attention is directed to abstract interpretations he creates when applying acrylic paint and mixed media objects to canvas, wood, burlap or any other materials or surfaces he sees worthwhile for experimentation.
His work is described by others as primitive, satirical, or naïve but ask Joel what word best describes his painting and the word “fun” repeats itself over and over.
Joel was introduced to painting by Gladys Goldstein, his neighbor, friend and nationally acclaimed artist renowned for her abstract paintings and innovative handmade papers on exhibit in perpetuity at The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).
If asked Joel will tell you he has no formal training in painting and that he is a “Lucky Guy” to have had Gladys in his life and be introduced to painting by a woman who enjoyed it all her life.
Andy Warhol once said, “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.” Joel Couldn't Agree More!
In September 2009, Joel had his first solo show at the
HYATTSTOWN MILL ART PROJECT
in Clarksburg, Maryland.
His current solo show “COURTING PAINT” at the United States District Court, 6500 Cherrywood Lane, Greenbelt, Maryland 20070 runs from November 7, 2019 through January 30, 2020. The courthouse hours are Monday through Friday 7am to 7pm.
As “artist-in-residence” Joel’s paintings can also be seen on the walls in two of Baltimore’s most popular eateries.
located in the artsy and vibrant neighborhoods of Hampden and The Quarry Lake Center in Pikesville