Joe Spollen is a local Virginia artist who received his BFA from George Washington University. After completing GWU’s painting program, Joe’s instructor, William Woodward, advised Joe to work in pastel to improve his sense of color. Joe’s strong, vibrant color have since become a dominant theme in his work.
While employed as a heraldic designer for the US Army, Joe began teaching pastel classes at the Alexandria Art League School. He is a strong advocate for pastel as a major art form and continues to conduct basic drawing and pastel workshops. Known for his solid compositions and expressive color interpretation, he has received several awards and is currently a board member of the Arlington Columbia Pike Artist’s Studios. Like many of us he continues to enjoy working in his medium (pastels) and finds it far too enjoyable to surrender.