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Meet Joseph Liberti

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joseph Liberti.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Joseph. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a musician and photo artist who is also a nature lover, lifetime learner and eternal optimist. For most of my adult life I applied my creativity in the business world as salesman, entrepreneur and corporate trainer. During that time, just for fun, I played saxophone by ear, accompanying myself with recordings. And, I often wished I had gone to music school.

I took my first flute lesson at age 65 and by 2010 at the age of 71 I became a full-time flutist performing in Colorado as FluteDaddy. I also learned to compose music and a created a music tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe performed at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

When the pandemic hit in 2020 the gigs stopped. To keep the music flowing, I began a recording project via the internet with some of my bandmates . Now we have an album almost completed and are looking forward to our first release.

Covid also created an opportunity for me to be an artist. I now create photo art inspired by the everyday nature of Colorado. I compose an image, capture it with a camera, and then creatively transform it with computer software. When creating I am guided by the emotional and spiritual experience of being in nature – peace, joy, connection and delight.

Soon people were asking ,“Do you sell your art?” So, I joined an online art network and began selling prints nationally. My online exhibit is located at http://photoartbyjoseph.com

In October 2020 shortly after my 82nd birthday, I was thrilled to have some of my work accepted at two excellent Colorado Springs galleries as part of their holiday shows – Kreuser Gallery and G44 Gallery.During their holiday shows they are offering my special laminated prints for $79.

There is a strong parallel between my music and my photo art. As a jazz musician I love to improvise. In jazz that usually means stating the theme or melody and then interpreting the theme by improvising new tones and shapes to express the essence of the music. As with my music my goal with photo art is also to see things in a new way and express the essential beauty and joy of nature.

I want to inspire people through my art, through my joy of life, and by being an example of possibility.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Life is full of changes and challenges and I have found that determination and optimism is what is required to keep going. Like many others I have had to deal with financing a business, finding paying clients and overcoming mistakes. Probably one of the greatest challenges as an artist has been to avoid negative self-talk and self- doubt.

Please tell us more about your work.
As a musician I play flute and record. As an artist I create expressionistic photo art with camera and computer. People tell me they are inspired by my art and my spirit. I think what I am most proud of is never stopping. I began my career as an artist after most of my peers were retired, and I continue to have an enthusiasm for life and the energy to create.

People have described my music as beautiful and hip. Although I am not performing, I work on my music daily and am excited about my soon-to-be-released album. I also create art daily, often using photos from my morning hike to transform into finished art pieces. People say my art is inspiring.

In both my music and my photo art, I aim for simplicity to create that which is beautiful and inspiring.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I could do it over, I would have owned my creativity and studied music and art in college. All said and done, I am so grateful for the opportunity to find joy in being a full time creative. Another thing I would have done is trust myself and listen to my inner voice to know what is the best thing to do. I would have not spent time and energy soliciting people’s approval but rather I would have found my joy in each moment and with each expression of my true self.

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With a casual glance, some might say this is just a dried up root of a long-gone Yucca but of course that is not possible. The Yucca spirit persists and is always beautiful.

This magnificent plant, at home in a cozy nook of Manitou park, showed me her heart as she posed for a portrait as she moves in to the next stage of her journey. Manitou Springs Colorado.

Dry Coneflower stalks show thier dazzling life force as twilight turns to night on th eroad to Garden Of The Gods.

A Sunflower poses in all her exuberant joyful glory in Colorado Springs, Octover 2020.

As dusk settles into the Garden Of The Gods, the last rays of the sun reveal a rainbow of fall greenery and the entry to the twilight zone. Phtographed in Colorado Springs October 2020.

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2020 Joseph Liberti

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