My paintings are meant to be a conversation with the viewer. It may be poetic or it may be an argument or it may be a question. Through imagery and representation I paint interpretive forms to incite understanding and emotional connections. I create pieces meant to draw the viewer to the spirit of the land or the inner dialog of inspiration or to analysis and introspection. Ultimately through painting and showing I hope to nurture a closer awareness of the world around us as well as connections with the self. —Joe Faith
Joe Faith was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia to musician, Jack Faith, and painter, Pat Baker. His six brothers and sisters all took on other paths in economics, sales, literature, gardening, physics, and electrical engineering. Although the arts were always part of family life, Joe first developed an interest in painting and fine arts in high school under Dr. William Kuchler. His first full-time job after high school was sketching portraits on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Undergraduate schools included Tyler School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Philadelphia College of Art. Studies included drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, design, and medical illustration. He achieved a BFA at Tyler.
With few art prospects at the time, Joe took various jobs and eventually settled into hardwood floor refinishing and installation. He married and had two daughters. As the flooring trade began to take its toll physically, Joe made a career change to computer programming around 1998. In order to keep his hand at drawing he pursued painting and sketching whenever possible through open figure drawing sessions at PAFA, Wallingford Art Center, and the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Realizing a long-term goal, he secured a painting studio behind the TnT garage in Glenolden. There he would have a place to focus on painting and art. He became a founding member of the Delco Art Critique group and the Delaware Valley Artist Collective.
Joe currently resides in West Norriton, Pennsylvania. He can often be found in his studio at the Norristown Arts Building, Studio #14, 619 Washington St. in Norristown, PA or plein air painting in the area.