"Grooming the Future" oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson

LH014: Joseph Pearson – Guiding the Next Generation and Tips on Artist Grants

"The Talk" linocut by Ashevlle artist Joseph Pearson
“The Talk” linocut by Ashevlle artist Joseph Pearson

Joseph Pearson is an Asheville oil painter on a mission.  He paints pieces that convey his values and send a message to the viewer about societal issues.  He expressed during this interview that if he created work that didn’t make a statement, he would feel that he was “talking to hear myself talking.”

I met Joseph during the Fall 2016 River Arts District Studio Stroll, where he works out of his studio at Pink Dog Creative.  I was quite taken with his piece “The Talk” and asked Joseph to tell me about it. He spoke strongly about the responsibility of adults to provide guidance for the next generation.  And he showed me other pieces that reflect the same message.

I was very impressed with Joseph’s explanation and mission and invited him to be on the show, telling him I would be in touch in the Spring.  I didn’t really need to do anymore interviews until then.  However, the very same day I met Joseph, I also happened to meet a young man at a local health food store who was absolutely despondent over the state of our society.  He was despondent and inconsolable…

I could not shake the connection of meeting both of these men on the same day, so I invited Joseph to be interviewed sooner than later, and he graciously agreed.

To connect with Joseph and see more of his work:

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Joseph’s talking about the meaning behind several of his paintings
  • Examples of how Joseph has used his art and his life to do good for children in need
  • How Joseph compares his art to medicine
  • Joseph’s history of receiving numerous artist grants (including full scholarship 4 out of 5 years at the Art Students League of NY)
  • Joseph’s tips for other artists who may be interested in seeking grants themselves

More examples of Joseph’s work (discussed in the interview):

"Grooming the Future" oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson
“Grooming the Future” oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson
"Behind the Smile" oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson
“Behind the Smile” oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson
"Teach them to Fish" oil painting by Asheville artist Joesph Pearson
“Teach them to Fish” oil painting by Asheville artist Joesph Pearson
"The Guitar Lesson" original oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson
“The Guitar Lesson” original oil painting by Asheville artist Joseph Pearson

Because Joseph has been recently awarded a grant, he asked me to mention that his work is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, a state agency, with funding from local arts councils in Buncombe, Madison, Mitchell, and Yancey Counties, and with support from Avery County.

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4 thoughts on “LH014: Joseph Pearson – Guiding the Next Generation and Tips on Artist Grants

  1. Sweet, wholesome guidance and inspiration! Art with both beauty and good-hearted social integrity! Couldn’t ask for more than this…Thank you, Joseph, for your message and art.
    Thank you Meredith for consistently targeting stellar artistic people with inspiring personalities. (Kudos to Kevin as well for filling in for the intro–I liked the format of having Kevin be the announcer setting the stage for the interview between Meredith and the artist).

    • Thanks, Erik, your comments always mean so much. I’ll make sure that Joseph and Kevin see your comment, too 🙂

  2. This was a wonderful interview Meredith and I love the art that is both beautiful and drew me into the work itself. Joseph’s advice on living an honorable fulfilling life was so wonderful to hear. I appreciate his candor on mentoring and the great advice about grants. Fabulous interview and so glad I had the chance to learn about Joseph’s work. Thank you!

    • Glad you enjoyed the show and seeing Joseph’s work, Sharon. I’ll make sure he sees your comment! Let us know if you receive any grants! Thanks for listening…

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