Joe Weinzettle is an artist, picture framer and art instructor. He earned his BFA from the Cooper Union in 1989 and MFA from the University of Mississippi in 1997. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Weinzettle moved to Florida’s Gulf Coast in 1992. His media include silverpoint, ink wash and oils on panel. His subjects are landscapes and streetscapes, which he completes en plein air. In 2010, Weinzettle served as Artist-in-Residence at the Everglades National Park. Weinzettle has shared his experiences and techniques in lectures in community centers, elementary and high schools, and museums. Weinzettle has taught at St. Petersburg College (2013-14), the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (2009-current) and the Pasco Art Center (2009-2015), with an emphasis on fundamental studio and plein-air drawing techniques.
While in residence, he concentrated drawing and painting in Pine Island and Cypress Savannah sections, studied cypress in water near Pahayokee Overlook, and exhibited work in solo exhibition, The Everglades and the Florida Landscape, at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center” in 2011.
A slog in bare feet is the best way to experience the Cypress Savannah. The bird that looks like a swamp chicken is actually the green heron. Seeing a full moon without artificial light is a beautiful thing.
– Joseph Weinzettle