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Artist Statement 

My landscapes are about the joy of nature and the colors it offers us. I paint with colors that  evoke feelings of the first brilliant seconds of sunrise and the last fiery moments of sunset.  Expressing those feelings through the use of bold, vibrant highlights and shadows of violet hues  is my signature. I paint tributes to the mountains, fields and trees in the hopes it will slow us  down long enough to appreciate them. Every painting is a challenge to examine the colors of our  world and reconnect with nature. 


Joe A. Oakes was a curious and observant child that started drawing at the age of five. He has  been painting full time since 2008 and like other artists, previously worked at other things  including substitute teacher, art consultant and graphic designer. Oakes has survived cancer and  the loss of a child and has used these life changing events to propel his art career forward. His  landscapes burn with the excitement of bold, bright color and draw on scenes from all over the  U.S. but especially the Southwest and the state of California. Oakes’ work offers a new  perspective on color and place while offering a meditative sense of calm, happiness and  reverence for the land. He holds a BFA from California State University, Fullerton and among his  awards are the Distinguished Artist Award from the City of La Quinta, CA in 2011 and a First  Place Award for his work in “Visions” Exhibition at Chaffey Community Museum of Art in  Ontario, CA in 2019. Oakes resides near Riverside in Southern California and currently is represented in Prescott, AZ at Van Gogh’s Ear and at Romero Street Gallery in Albuquerque, NM.

Recent Awards 

Special Merit Award, “Acrylics Show”, Art & Color 365, Online, 2023  

Honorable Mention, “Colors Show”, Grey Cube Gallery, Online, 2023  

Honorable Mention, “Bold Expressions”, Sacramento Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA, 2020  Best in Show, “Nature of Color Show” Art Brut 27, Online, 2020  

Third Place, “5th Annual Landscapes Juried Exhibition”, Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA, 2020  First Place, “Visions”, Chaffey Community Museum of Art, Ontario, CA, 2019