A native of Dayton, Ohio, Joel David Holsinger has been painting and drawing prolifically since early childhood. The encouragement of his parents and family to participate in local and regional art contests and art classes as a youth formed some of his earliest art influences, along with frequent visits to the Dayton Art Institute. Joel remembers drawing pictures for hours and hours on end as a child, many of these drawings he still has.
Joel enjoyed learning from many good art instructors, but none influenced him as much as his high school art instructor, Terry Chamberlain (who now heads the fine art department at Cedarville University in Ohio), and whose Christian character, skill as an artist, encouragement and mentoring deeply benefited the young artist. Motivated by exceptional instructors and inborn creativity, Joel’s youthful art education instilled in him a strong desire to pursue his calling as a fine artist. A Scholastic Arts award-winning portfolio finalist, Joel graduated in 1996 with a degree in Fine Art, studying graphic design and painting at Miami University (of Oxford, Ohio) on a full-tuition scholarship awarded annually by the Gibson Greetings Foundation.
Joel went on to become a graphic designer for a Campbell-Hausfeld and later for Ohio’s Cedarville University; and he also taught high school art for a year. Joel remarks that his studies and career as a graphic designer have emphasized to him the importance of composition and communication in each piece of artwork he creates. He describes his high school teaching experience as “priceless and motivating”. He mentions that he believes he learned more from teaching than he did as a student in many ways, and that he hopes to return to teaching in some capacity in the future.
During his stint as a graphic designer, Joel realized that he enjoyed painting much more than he enjoyed doing graphic design work, and soon after, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he began painting full-time as a fine artist.
An emerging abstract painter, Joel continues to develop and refine his distinctive artistic vocabulary and style, building on an early foundation of work done in a more traditional style. Beneath the surface, the focus of his work is highly philosophical and spiritual. His paintings and drawings, whether abstract or traditional, are inspired by principles of timeless truth, beauty, wisdom and love. Many of Joel’s subjects are drawn from landscapes, architecture, classical literature, music and world history, and synthesized with contemporary influences