For the last seven years Joel has focused his time between painting and men’s apparel sales from his home office in Baltimore, Maryland. With more than 400 completed paintings Joel’s attention is now directed to abstract interpretations he creates when applying acrylic paint and mixed media objects to canvas.
With any spare time he continues to paint renderings of dogs for his friends and business associates. Along with painting, these “miracles with paws” as Joel describes them are on top of his feel good list.
Described by others as primitive, satirical, or naïve: ask Joel to define what he paints and the word “fun’ repeats itself over and over.
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”.
According to Joel a truer statement has never been made.
Gladys Goldstein; neighbor, friend and nationally acclaimed painter, introduced Joel to his studio practice.
Joel will say that he has “no formal training in drawing or painting” and is a self-proclaimed “Lucky Guy”.
In September 2009, Joel had his first solo show at the
HYATTSTOWN MILL ART PROJECT
in Clarksburg, Maryland.
Today his paintings can be found on the walls in two of Baltimore’s most
sought out contemporary eateries,
located in the artsy and vibrant neighborhoods of Hampden and The Quarry Lake Center in Pikesville