We are thrilled to be connecting with Joseph Liberti again. Joseph is an Artist and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Joseph below.
Hi Joseph, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Joseph Liberti jazz flutist, artist and bonafide treehugger. I create digital art inspired by the everyday nature of Colorado. Many of my images begin with inspiration of scenes in Garden of The Gods near my home. My art is expressionistic rather than realistic – An expression of my emotional and spiritual experience of the nature I love. I sell my art through Fine Art America online and in Colorado through Kreuser Gallery in Colorado Springs. I have not performed in public for about a year but in that time, I have recorded and published one album and have a second album almost completed. I work in a studio in my home that I share with my wife Carol, an accomplished abstract painter and two rescued cats who are accomplished at mischief, sleeping and being wonderfully lovable.
What does your work aim to say?
Rejoice and rejuvenate yourself in the beauty and spirit of nature. My work celebrates and reveres nature and the spirit that is within all life. There is an unspoken spirituality in my art and a call to the soul. I am inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver, “ “… all beautiful things, inherently, have this function— to excite the viewers toward sublime thought. Glory to the world, that good teacher.” Mary Oliver
How does your work comment on current social and political issues?
I love nature, and am a bonafide tree-hugger. A main purpose of my work is to encourage action to preserve and protect nature and our environment. I also find my peace in nature. Though my work I want to inspire others to find nurturance and peace in nature at a time of global political, social and environmental chaos.
Who are your biggest influences?
What influences me is work that is impressionistic. An artistic style that seeks to capture a feeling or experience rather than to achieve accurate depiction. I admire the work of those who do what I strive to do- express my visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color. I admire artists who somehow imbue their work with Spirit. I am a jazz musician and what I love about jazz is improvising in the moment from emotion and presence. That is also what do with my art. I don’t identify much with world famous artists. I take inspiration from the hundreds of very talented and inspiring artists in the Fine Arts America community whose work I review daily. I take inspiration from the wonderful art exhibited on Instagram and I learn from and am inspired by the marvelous artists in the Colorado Springs arts community.
How have you developed your career?
One day eleven years ago I declared myself a professional musician and started making music. I chose a niche and started getting gigs. And I created special shows and performances. A little over a year ago I did something similar with visual art. I didn’t decide to try to be an artist but rather I declared myself to be an artist in my heart and soul and started producing art. I started out buying used equipment and taking all the free classes I could find. I also enrolled in online seminars and subscribed to educational programs. And I took tens of thousands of photos. I began to experiment with photo manipulation, compositing and digital art. I am constantly learning and experimenting and the more I learn the more I challenge myself to go further and express myself more vividly. I used social media as a way to gain exposure. I regularly published my art to the Independent, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Soon people began asking if I sold my work and I started to make a few sales. I got a web site with Fine Art America and sold online. I established a relationship with a mid-west printer who produces specialty art for me. I built a relationship with two Colorado Springs galleries. I enter juried shows and my art began to sell and now I am scheduled for my first show at Kreuser gallery this year.
What motivates you to keep going?
I love to engage life! I am an eternal optimist who is curious and a lifelong learner. I arise early, typically around 5:00 AM eager to start a new day of living and creating. When difficult things weigh me down, I try to accept them as part of the adventure. I am blessed to be able to immerse myself in the practice of art and music as a way to lift myself up. I should mention I am 82 years old and started my music career at age 71 and my career as a visual artist a little over a year ago. When people ask how have you lived so long and what keeps you going, I say my number one attribute is optimism. When it comes to art and music, I also have the desire to create artifacts that will outlive me and continue to enrich, motivate and inspire others.
Alright, so before we go, how can our readers connect with you to learn more and show support?
Please visit, follow and like my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JosephLibertiArtist where I post news and current art daily . I also post limited edition art offerings that are only available in Colorado. Please visit my art portfolio and website at http://josephliberti.com where there are many affordable options for owning my art. You can also sign up there for notification of new art posted. Lastly my music page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FluteDaddy, has become out of date during the pandemic be will revived soon and show our current recordings and upcoming shows.
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