An Arizona artist and a native of Dayton, Ohio, Joel David Holsinger has been painting and drawing prolifically since early childhood. Greatly motivated by many excellent instructors and innate creativity, Joel benefited from an excellent art education from his youth, which instilled in him a strong desire to follow his calling as a fine artist. A scholastic Arts award-winning portfolio finalist in 1992, he graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with a B.F.A. in Painting and Graphic Design in 1996, studying on a full-tuition scholarship awarded annually by the Gibson Greetings Foundation.
Drawn even more to painting after initially working as a graphic designer and an art instructor in Ohio, Joel moved to Arizona in 1998 where he began painting full-time as a fine artist.
"Beneath the surface, the focus of my work is philosophical and spiritual. My paintings and drawings, whether abstract or traditional, are inspired by principles of timeless truth, beauty, wisdom, and love. Many of my subjects are drawn from landscapes, architecture, classical literature, music, and world history, all synthesized with many contemporary influences. I enjoy my elective time with my family and close friends, reading, studying, writing, sketching, traveling, plein air painting, playing the piano, and spending time in the great outdoors. All of these experiences are interwoven into my work.
"Seeing the world in an abstract manner has developed as a punctuated process in my life resulting from the combination of studying traditional, academic painting and a variety of influences. Such influences include visiting various art museums, galleries, and studios containing collections of contemporary work, learning from kind colleagues and gifted art instructors, teaching artistic principles and elements, developing a distinctive artistic vocabulary, and most of all, by observing the multifarious abstractions in the reality of God's Creation.
"I enjoy demonstrating through my work and in conversation the often-overlooked connection between the 'real' and the 'abstract' in art. I continue to delight in studying, learning, exploring, and discovering new insights as an artist, always looking forward to my next painting!"