Artist Interview: Joseph Barbieri

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What are your ear­li­est mem­o­ries relat­ed to art?
Draw­ing geo­graph­i­cal maps in the 3rd grade.

How and when did you start becom­ing an artist your­self?
I began my career in my late 30’s. I am basi­cal­ly self taught but endeav­ored to learn through books, work­shops and hard work.

What was the evo­lu­tion like toward find­ing your cur­rent voice and visu­al vocab­u­lary?
start­ed in pen­cil, then to pen and ink, then water­col­ors to now almost exclu­sive­ly oils. Oils are the best fit for me as they give me time to explore, change and devel­op a paint­ing with­out hav­ing to work the entire thing out beforehand.

What is your process like?
find inspi­ra­tion in a sub­ject. devel­op an idea on how best to express the sub­ject. draw- block in — fin­ish. thin to thick in the tra­di­tion­al manner.

Is there any­thing from your artist state­ment that you wish to expound on, that you nor­mal­ly don’t have the chance to dis­cuss?
no

What do you try to con­trol in your sur­faces, and what do you leave to chance?
darks can often be “left to chance” although I think its more like “con­trolled” chance. Every­thing else is absolute­ly controlled.

Where do you see your work going from here?
get­ting better

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