Each painting is an emotional response to time and place. The colors, real or imagined, are chosen to evoke a feeling. Joe A. Oakes chooses to express those feelings through the use of bold, vibrant highlights and shadows of violet hues. He wants his viewers to feel what he feels and place themselves in the scene. Landscapes are about the joy of nature and the colors it offers us. Oakes’ aim, as an artist, is to promote an awareness of nature by challenging each person to think about the colors of the landscape in a new way.
Proceeds to benefit the Los Angeles Artist Association, Los Angeles, CA