To the left is

a cover I drew

of me for the May 2015

edition of art

& society magazine.

It is a homage

to the famous

Norman Rockwell

"triple self portrait" painting.

About joe

Caricatures - Art instruction - watercolor & ACRYLIC painting

Above is a video about me that aired on WTVP - TV as part of their "Artist Profile" Series.

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Click Here to read the May 2015 cover story in art & society

magazine about me.

I was born in Bloomington, Illinois. It did not take long for me to

discover art as my passion at a very young age. I grew up drawing

on anything and everything. Give me a pencil and a grocery bag

and the doodling began. I enjoyed entertaining brothers and

sisters with my drawing. Click here to visit my caricature page to

find out how I can entertain at your next party or function, or have your

own caricature drawn. My interest for art continued through high school

and Illinois State University where I was a comprehensive art major

specializing in visual communications and commercial art.

During my time at ISU, I drew editorial cartoons for the Vidette

school newspaper and had a regular cartoon strip “Joe College”.

I was also the art director for the campus TV station “TV10 News”.

I did my internship at WEEK-TV in Peoria..My first job out of ISU was

that as art director for Brown’s Sporting Goods, a sporting goods

retail store chain. During that time, WEEK-TV approached me about

being on a kids TV show, famous years before, which they were

bringing back to the airwaves. The Captain Jinks show was a big

favorite of mine during my growing up years, so I embraced the idea

and the show became a big hit again. Click here to visit my Captain

Jinks page for more about my TV days as Peoria’s kid’s artist.

During that time I began doing interactive drawing demos at schools

and for many different organizations. I have an entertaining, inclusive

presentation that has been a hit for over 30 years. Click here to visit

my art education page to schedule me to come and instruct your group or school’s art’s day my famous “basic shapes” teaching technique. I have also teach acrylic and watercolor painting classes to folks of all ages that are a lot of fun. I can come to your home, club or business and teach your group to paint and draw.

Over the years, my regular career has been in the advertising and media fields that included long runs on the management teams at WEEK-TV and the Peoria Journal Star.. During that time, I began oil and watercolor painting, and I continue to take freelance illustration jobs.. I do art fairs throughout the year, and you click here to view, and even buy some of my prints by visiting my gallery page. I have sold many paintings and prints over my career. This site offers limited edition signed and numbered prints of several Peoria area communities as well.

Thanks for visiting Come back frequently as the site is regularly updated. If you have any questions, or want information on my drawing instruction sessions or caricature drawing for your event, email me at

CLICK HERE to visit my linkedIn profile

CLICK HERE To read a story published in the East Peoria Times Courier about my watercolor classes at the Fondulac Park District

CLICK HERE to read a Meanwhile Back in Peoria blog by Marty Wombacher as he visits Kathy and I at our home and we talk about my career and art