The following week Joe and his wife Cristina began talking about Joe pursuing his life long dream of becoming a professional working artist. It was time to make lemons into lemonade. By the end of the week Joe, Cristina, and their three children decided that it was time for a life change. With the support of his family Joe has begun pursuing his new art career with determination and desire. As an emerging artist Joe is outfitted with the tools and work ethic that helped him become successful in the corporate world. But this time he has an even deeper passion to succeed.
In the past year doors have been opening rapidly for Joe. In May of 2009 his graphite pencil drawing of a steer wrestler titled "Who`s Winnin`" was juried into "The Best of the West Rendevous Show" at The High Desert Museum located in Bend, Oregon. Shortly after that he was introduced to Rip Caswell, an accomplished bronze artist and gallery owner from Troutdale, OR. Within a month of their meeting Joe was invited by Rip to exhibit his work in the Safari Club International Show in Reno, Nevada and the following month at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Show also in Reno, Nevada.
In February he was the featured artist at the Downtown Vancouver Art Walk. His work is now featured in the Rip Caswell Gallery and was premiered at the March Downtown Troutdale First Friday Art Walk.
To quote Rip Caswell, "Joe sure has hit the ground running as an emerging artist; he`s the new kid on the block."
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