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Joe Mancuso 2021

 Joe is greatly influenced by the changing of seasons and the weather and celebrates the moods each season brings. Known for the special quality of light in his work, he enjoys working on location to accurately see and capture the changing light. “Although I may be attracted to a certain place or scene, it is always my goal to move beyond a literal translation and say something extraordinary about light in my work. It is always the light.”
Joe’s hard work is often rewarded. In 2007 he was designated “Distinguished Pastelist” with The Pastel Society of the West Coast. In 2012 and 2017 his paintings, received “Best Of Show” in the Pastel Society Of Southern California Members exhibition. In 2016 his painting, “The Tide and Tempest, received “Best Of Show” in the “Rejoice In Art” juried exhibition. At the 2017 Carmel Plein Air Festival, a juried exhibition of 60 nationally recognized painters, Joe received The Artist’s Choice, People’s Choice and Best Pastel awards. Joe’s continuing recognition as a top landscape painter keeps him in demand as an instructor. His classes, workshops and private lessons are continually sought after. Joe is a Signature member with the Pastel Society of America. He is an artist member of the California Art Club, Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters, The Pastel Society Of Southern California and The Pastel Society Of The West Coast. He has exhibited in the Butler Institute Of American Art, St. Mary’s Academy Art Museum, The Haggin Museum and The Hilbert Museum. His paintings hang in private collections throughout North America and Europe.


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'The Truckee River'
  16 x 12 Pastel

'Evening Shore'
 11 x 14  Pastel 


'Summer Thunder'
 22 x 16 Pastel 

'Autumn Afternoon At Rock Creek'

 8 x 6  Pastel 



'October Cottonwoods'
 14 x 11 Pastel 

'Study For Summer Thunder'
 8 x 6  Pastel 

'Calm Autumn Evening'
20 x 16 Pastel