About the Artist

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 througho ut 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.

Contact Joe Garcia: info@joegarcia.com, PO Box 2314, Julian, CA 92036, Studio ~ 760-765-2067 



Charles Spinetta Winery and Gallery

Blue Goose Gallery

Falcon Gallery

Horton Hayes Fine Art

Mountain Trails Galleries

Santa Ysabel Art Gallery



“Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI: 1993, ’95, ’96, ’98—2000, 2002—2007, 2009, 2010, 2012   www.lywam.org/birdsinart

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: 1996--2005; permanent collection, 1998/2000 www.benningtoncenterforthearts.org

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

Society of Animal Artists: 1994—2006            www.societyofanimalartists.com

Annual Nature Art Shows

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC: February    www.sewe.com

Reflections of Nature, Fallbrook, CA: May   www.fallbrookartcenter.org

Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD: November   (Joe inducted to Hall of Fame, 2000) www.waterfowlfestival.org                               

Magazine Articles

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

Joe Garcia - Biography