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The Artist

Joseph Stoddard is known for his colorful and energetic watercolor paintings. He delivers exciting architecture, edgy sketches and vivid colors in his work. Because of Joseph’s impressionistic interpretation of the subject matter, the observer experiences fluid movement and visually stimulating scenes. Joseph has been painting for thirty years and loves to portray the urban jungle, natural landscapes, and diverse architecture.


Joseph Stoddard has authored many books: Pasadena Sketchbook, Redlands Sketchbook, Expressive Color, and Expressive Painting. He has also been featured in Art of Watercolor, Studios Magazine, and Watercolor Artist Magazine. Joseph has done cover artwork for Westways Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, and Many Moons Press and urban paintings for the Historical Society of Southern California. In addition, his art studio is featured in The Man Cave Book.

Joseph Stoddard's art studio and desk

His work has also been on the covers of a variety of publications including Westways Magazine, Pasadena Magazine, a book series published by the Historical Society of Southern California, and the Lost and Found Series by Many Moons Press. In 2001 a book of his sketches entitled Pasadena Sketchbook was published. The second edition was published in October of 2008. A collection of sketches of the University of Redlands entitled Redlands Sketchbook was published in 2007. Walter Foster Publishing published Expressive Color, a painting instruction book, in August of 2008.

In 2012, Azusa Pacific University purchased a series of 10 original sketchbooks for their permanent collection, and a print of his painting of Maranatha High School was given to Laura Bush by the school. In 2013, he was invited to submit art for the Bright Side of the City art event Jyvaskyla, Finland. His painting of the Pasadena Train Station is in the permanent collection of the Pasadena Museum of History. He developed the theme paintings for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for both 2012 and 2014. He is currently working on a sketchbook about Los Angeles.

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