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Joe Garcia

Native Californian Joe Garcia is an established landscape and wildlife artist living and painting near the small mountain town of Julian, California. The natural setting amidst oaks and pines, and the golden hills of Southern California provide endless inspiration and subjects for his art.



Joe earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an advertising/illustration emphasis from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for 13 years then left the commercial field to focus full time on the fine art side of his career.



Today Joe continues to paint in oil or watercolor, and emphasizes composition, value and spontaneity in each medium. His works reflect his love of nature in landscapes, birds, mammals and a variety of other themes on location and in the studio. Garcia shows in exhibitions across the country, and his original paintings and limited edition prints may be found in galleries and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.



Joe’s art has appeared in numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, Wildlife Art, and Watercolor Magic. North Light produced his books, Mastering the Watercolor Wash and the Watercolor Bible, and included his art in several other publications.



Joe Garcia’s enthusiasm and dedication brings continued achievement and success as he paints what he loves.



Joe was chosen to judge the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest in October 2010 in Berkeley, California. He was honored to be involved in the selection process of this esteemed award. The panel of five gave the honor to James Hautman, a respected member of the wildlife art community and winner of the contest three times previously.




  • “Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI: 1993, ’95, ’96, ’98—2000, 2002—2007, 2009, 2010

  • Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: 1996–2005; permanent collection, 1998/2000

  • American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2005-2006, 2009

  • Society of Animal Artists: 1994—2006



  • Southwest Art, June 2005

  • Dove Hunter, Jan-Feb, 2005

  • Watercolor Magic Handbook, July 2002

  • Outside the Box, Joe Garcia, The Artist Magazine, April 2000

  • Comrades in Art, Marcia Preston, Wildlife Art, Jan-Feb 1999

  • Watercolor Magic Magazine, National Award of Merit, 1998

  • Western Quail and the Artists Who Paint Them, Quail Unlimited Magazine, May-June, 1998

  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, US Art, Sept 1997

  • Art Arithmetic, The Artist Magazine, Sept 1997

  • Nice Guys Finish First, Midwest Art, March-April 1998

  • Bird Watchers Digest covers



  • Watercolor Bible, Joe Garcia, North Light Books, 2005

  • Mastering the Watercolor Wash, Joe Garcia, North Light Books, 2002

  • Wildlife Art, Joan Muvskens Pursley, Portfolio Press, 2002

  • The Best of Wildlife Art 2, Rachel Rubin Wolf, North Light Books, 2000

  • Wildlife Art, Alan Singer, North Light Books, 1999

  • The Art of the American West, Caroline Lindscott, Rockport Publishers, Dec 1998

  • Watercolour 10, Chinese Watercolor Society, Taiwan, 1996

  • Splash 3, Rachel Rubin Wolf, North Light Books, 1994

  • Contemporary Western Artists, Peggy and Harold Samuels, Southwest Art Publishing, 1982



  • Artists’ Workshop, RB Productions, 1999

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