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b. 1978 Mansfield Ohio.
Hello I'm Joseph, I make oil paintings. I am interested in working from life, in a figurative or still life genre, I'm trying to look beyond the narrative inherent in these motifs to see beauty in the things themselves.
Learning to draw comic books as a young man first brought me to a life drawing course at 13, a tradition which expanded into oils at the Savannah College of art and Design, and is a weekly tradition still.
I'm currently living and working in Portland Oregon. My focus of painting has evolved into making the paint itself, trying to gain further insight into what oil paint itself can offer. My short film 'Making linseed oil; a process' was featured in Mental Floss in 2016.

If you have any inquires please reach out to me; joebesch2@gmail.com