March 25, 2015

"San Diego Surf" 14x11 Pastel

My wife and I recently spent New Years Eve at Sunset Cliffs in San Diego California. This piece was inspired by that time. This pastel is on display at Southern California Pastel Society Members exhibition.
 The Show is being held at
 The Lexus Center 
24777 Crenshaw Blvd. Torrance Ca. 90505.

March 16th through May 9.

March 24, 2015

"Prelude To Evening" 18x24 Pastel

A new pastel "Prelude To Evening" 18x24 being displayed at the Pastel Society Of Southern California Members Exhibit.

January 29, 2015

"Round Valley" 11x14 Pastel

This scene is of The Eastern Sierras west of Bishop. A favorite area of mine with limitless
 inspiration for any painter.

January 27, 2015

"Sunset Cliffs San Diego" 16x12 Oil

On new years eve my wife and I spent some time in San Diego. We were treated to a beautiful sunset at "Sunset Cliffs" and it could not have been a better way for us to end 2014. This painting reflects the time spent there. Please contact me if interested in this painting.
"Due to the the large wait list for my last pastel class in Manhattan Beach,I am offering a new 
 "Landscapes In Pastel" class.
A four week session of three hour classes on Tuesday mornings from
9am -12pm.  185.00

Limited to 10 students per session.
The first class is February 3rd. Please contact S
ue Kuuskmae.

"Destination Art" Artist Studios and Gallery
1815 W. 213th Street, #135, Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 742-3192

January 9, 2015

"Above Sonoma Valley" 11x14 Pastel

Last September I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a wedding reception in the Sonoma Valley. It was located at Kunde Winery on top of a hill. I brought my camera just in case. Although I missed out on half of the dinner,  I was treated to some incredible scenes and this was one of many that I plan to paint.

January 4, 2015

Last Light InThe Valley 11x14 Pastel

This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. 
The scene is in the Carson Valley of Western Nevada.

January 3, 2015

"Autumn Lane" 11x14 pastel

This pastel is a fairly recent demo for my pastel class. The scene is the north end of Bishop California.

December 28, 2014

"Light Of Autumn" 14x11 Pastel

This pastel was a demonstration for my pastel class.  The scene is of Rush Creek near June Lake in the Eastern Sierras.

December 27, 2014

"Winter View Twin Lakes" 14x11 pastel

This is a scene in the Mammoth Lakes area in The Eastern High Sierras of California.  Twin Lakes are small lakes located in the Mammoth Lakes basin.This area is a favorite fishing spot for many during the summer months.

December 26, 2014

"Riverbend" 11x14 Pastel

A view of the Yellowstone River in Montana. 

September 19, 2014

"October Morning" 16x20 Oil

1400. usd. + Tax  Sold

Dear Friends. I would like to share with you a recently completed oil painting titled
"October Morning." I find that I get excited when Autumn is approaching and this is how I attempt to communicate that excitement.

I would also like to let you know about a recent interview I had with Kathryn Lloyd, the founder of "The Masters Secrets Summit."  I think you will really enjoy this interview and you might learn a thing or two you didn't know about me. The Interview releases this Friday, September 19 at 3pm pST. I invite you to watch here:

August 20, 2014

"A Walk By The Water's Edge" 11x14 Pastel

 800. Sold

This pastel was just sold during last weekends Los Olivos Quick Draw Art Festival. The person that bought this said it moved her because it brought about a fond memory and she had. I couldn't be more pleased. 

August 12, 2014

"Summer Shade" 11x14 Pastel

This pastel was a recent demonstration piece for my "Landscapes in Pastel" class I teach at the Manhattan Beach Creative Art Center. A new session begins on September 11th.
 The inspiration for this painting comes from Round Valley near
 Bishop California. 

August 11, 2014

"Meandering Through Summer Fields" 11x14 Pastel

800.Usd. + tx. 

The Owens Valley of the Eastern Sierras is an area of contrast. It is harsh with much desert and the summer time heat can be oppressive. Within this desolation there are pockets of areas where it is lush and green buzzing with life. Down from the mountains comes snow melt as ice cold water in the form of large streams or tiny brooks. I enjoy painting these locations because they are beautiful and are also resting places that offer relief not only from the heat but also from the busyness of life. The warm and cool greens that contrast against the mountains are wonderful to see.

August 5, 2014

"Point Lobos" 11x14 Pastel and Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014

This pastel was a recent demo for my summer pastel landscapes class. The Fall session will be starting in mid September but sign up early because it will fill up.
Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014
Saturday 9am -7pm
Matteis Tavern, Los Olivos, California
Quick Draw 2014 is just around the corner and I am preparing my self for this event. I look forward to this because I sell my work in three ways here. The silent auction is a separate event that takes place during the quick draw. I also have a separate display of my work that I put up with my most recent  paintings and they all sell rather quickly. If you can come by it would be great to see you.
 short video 2013 Quick Draw and Auction
More info on Los Olivos Quick Draw 2014

June 19, 2014

"Calm At First Light" 18x14 Pastel

A morning in the Sonoma Valley.

June 16, 2014

"A Hidden Treasure" 11x14 Pastel

Available At Jessel Gallery
1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA - 707 257 2350

June 15, 2014

"Winter's Warmth" 8x10 Oil

 450. Sold
Last year I happened to pass by someone's driveway and saw this scene. This time of the day the air begins to cool down again and the color becomes warm before nightfall.

June 10, 2014

"Red Wine and Roses" 16x12 Oil


Available At Jessel Gallery
 707 257 2350

June 1, 2014

"Morning Mist" 8x10 Oil

This painting is from a location near Calistoga, California. I was fortunate enough to be in this area where the sun came out through the heavy fog.
This is on display at Jessel Gallery in Napa, California.

May 31, 2014

"Evening's Approach Pacific Grove" 12x16 pastel

This pastel was one of the pieces painted during the Carmel Plein Air Festival. It will be on display at the Jessel Gallery in Napa during the month of June.

May 30, 2014

"After The Rain" 11x14 Oil


This painting is from a recent painting trip to the Napa Valley. It is on display at the
Jessel Gallery In Napa.
1019 Atlas Peak Road, Napa, CA
707 257 2350

May 24, 2014

Morning In Wine Country 18x24 Oil

1800. Sold
This scene was inspired by a recent painting trip to Sonoma County. It will be included in my solo exhibition at Jessel Gallery In Napa. The show will hang throughout the month of June and the reception is June 6 form 5pm to 8pm.

May 20, 2014

"Monastery View from Whaler's Cove" 11x14 pastel


I have just returned from participating in this years Carmel Plein Air Competition. Still hard to believe a year has passed.  I was pleasantly surprised when the painting above received an Honorable Mention from this years judge John Burton. The camaraderie shared among the artists and talent I witnessed was exceptional.

May 7, 2014

"Blue Ridge" 11x14 Pastel

I found this scene a couple years ago and completed a small painting while visiting North Carolina. I enjoyed the first painting and decided to paint it again with soft pastel.  

May 6, 2014

"Winter Jetty" 11x14 Pastel


 Stormy seas on a winter day. 800. Sold

March 10, 2014

"Showers Over Crowley Lake" 8x10 Oil

This is a small black and white study for a possible larger painting. It was quite fun keeping it simple and without any color.

March 4, 2014

"Made In The Shade" 11x14 Oil

Years ago I painted this with pastel. I enjoyed it very much and felt it was time to try it as an oil painting.

March 2, 2014

"A Moment Of Thunder" 11x14 Oil

This painting was inspired by one of the recent large wave swells we have had here in California. I watched as the whitewater would explode off of the jetty with a thunderous crash. It was an awesome display of nature's power. This painting is my attempt to
show that experience. 

March 1, 2014

"North Of Mammoth Lakes" 11x14 Oil

800. Sold
This scene is about 10 minutes north of the town of  Mammoth Lakes in the Eastern Sierras of California. In December there was very little snowfall creating the patterns of snow in the foreground field. In recent days, there have been storms that brought a couple of feet of new snow on the ground and more in the mountains creating a completely different landscape and no doubt more inspiration for new paintings.   

February 28, 2014

"Mr. Big Stuff" 11x14 Oil

 800. framed
This character does not have any confidence issues. He makes it known that he is the boss, at least to all the other feathered critters in the barn yard.

January 21, 2014

"North Of Bishop" 11x14 Oil

I will never grow tired of this area and all the painting possibilities to come and although I am unable to travel to the Owens Valley as often as I would like, I can still visit through my work.

January 20, 2014

"Pelican Cove" 11x14 Oil

I recently painted this in Palos Verdes during the morning hours. It takes me a couple of hours to work on a painting on location. After that the light has changed too much and I stop or
 begin a new painting.
Please contact me if you are interested in  this piece.

December 24, 2013

"Happy Holidays"

"Rural Route" 12x9 Pastel
Dear family, friends, students and collectors. A warm and heartfelt "Thank You" to all of you for taking my classes, purchasing my work, emailing a kind word and allowing me to share my passion for painting with you. I am grateful for the many gifts of support that I have been given. They are all  very much appreciated. May you have a Happy Holiday and be blessed with a Healthy New Year.
Joe Mancuso

December 23, 2013

"Santa Ynez Sentinels" 11x14 Oil


One of my favorite places to explore for new paintings is Foxen Canyon Rd. between Los Olivos and Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. This scene is how I imagine old California might have looked and can still be discovered today.

December 22, 2013

"Winter Fields" 16x12 Oil

 Where I live, there are not many dramatic changes in weather or scenery from season to season. At least not like areas that get more obvious changes in temperature, weather and colors as seasons change. I travel to different locations to experience this. When I am home, I appreciate the changes just the same and seek them out however subtle they may be. If I am paying attention and sensitive to them, much more is always revealed.
This painting is 850. The location is in The Carson Valley of Western Nevada.

November 29, 2013

"December Snow" 11x14 Pastel

800. Sold
A recently completed pastel inspired by winter in the Eastern Sierras.

November 27, 2013

"Happy Thanksgiving"

"October In The Blue Ridge Mountains"
11x14 Pastel
I would like to take this time to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with Peace and blessings  throughout the Holiday Season.

November 24, 2013

"October Morning In Owens Valley" 20 x30 Oil

This painting is being reworked. Check back soon.

November 19, 2013

"Open Studio Saturday, November 30th 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m."

Above painting is still on the easel  16x20  Oil

I will be opening my studio Saturday, November 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for an exhibition and sale of recent paintings. The last open studio was an enjoyable time for all and many folks walked away with new paintings. Please come by and bring a friend or two. There will be eggnog and goodies available for all.  

November 8, 2013

"Summer In The High Country" 8x10 Oil

This was one of the high country tarns I visited last summer. It's amazing to find a place you can call your own for an afternoon where all you see and hear is nature at its finest. Then of course there is the challenge of capturing it with wet paint and a brush. Even the scrapers are memorable because it was time so well spent observing and absorbing it all. Nature is always the best teacher for an artist.

November 3, 2013

"Incoming Tide" 11x14 Pastel

This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. The location is the Big Sur
coast of California.

November 1, 2013

"Girls Of Autumn" 8x10 oil

A recent painting from the Owens Valley.

October 29, 2013

"Before The Snowfall" 11x14 Oil


Every Fall I make sure that I get up to the sierras to see the aspens and cottonwoods changing. 
Before leaving I watched the weather forecast and clear skies were predicted for the time I would be there. Oh well, I cant always have it my way and have snow showers and beautiful dramatic skies to compliment the drama already happening on the land. On the final morning I spent in the high country I was up early once again. When I looked outside I noticed a breeze and a few pink clouds floating by. My excitement level was rising. I was meeting a couple of friends to paint and now we might have a few clouds to ad as we paint. I made my way from my cabin out toward the lower corral at Rock Creek where the sky is open and the view is spectacular. At this point the clouds were building and looking more dramatic with each passing moment. I was ecstatic. Everything I love to paint was unfolding before me in a perfect rhythm. I took a moment to thank God for this wonderful gift.  I let that feeling carry me through the difficult stages of blocking in the scene and after about an hour into it, the snow started falling. Not enough to be a deterrent but adding to the whole experience. The sun would hide for long periods then come out long enough to reveal something I had missed before. The snow came and went leaving a crystal clear sky with beautiful white and grey cumulus clouds floating about reminding me of the ever changing weather. It was a perfect morning.

October 27, 2013

"Lazy Autumn Day" 11x14 Oil

 800. framed
I recently returned from a trip to the Eastern Sierras where I had a wonderful opportunity to tour some areas of ranchlands that were previously not available to me accept from the road. This is one of the first paintings that has come from this inspiring trip.
I will be opening my studio on Saturday November 30, once again to show some of my new work. Come by early for the best choice. The time is 11am to 4pm.

September 5, 2013

"Evening Shadows" 16x20 Pastel

This has been an amazing summer. I have been very busy painting with new plein air and some studio pastels and oils. The above pastel is one of them. I recently returned from this years Los Olivos Quick Draw and The Labor Day Art Festival In Mammoth Lakes California which both proved to be successful events. I received the third highest bid at this years Quick Draw and sold well in Mammoth. I made some new friends and visited with the old friends that came to support me once again to which I am very grateful.

June 3, 2013

"Light Of Morning" 12x16 Pastel

This was another painting from The Carmel Plein Air Art Festival.

May 21, 2013

"At The Journey's End" 12x16 Pastel

This pastel was my first painting during the Carmel Plein Air Festival. The location is near Lover's Point on the Monterey Peninsula.

May 20, 2013

Lifting Fog Over Fisherman's Wharf 11x14 oil

I just returned from a very busy four days at the Carmel Art Festival. For the most part weather managed to cooperate for the artists and the sun came out for most of the while. This was one of the most picturesque areas I have ever been and it is easy to undersand why an artist would call this area home. The painting above was one of four I completed during the two full days of painting.

May 10, 2013

"Power And Grace" 11x14 Pastel

Sold 800.
This pastel was a recent demonstration for my pastel class. This was another wonderful session and when you have students as good as mine, teaching is easy. Another session begins in June. I am now preparing for next weeks Carmel Plein Air Festival. I am a bit nervous as it has been awhile since my last plein air event. I am looking forward to the challenge to paint the best pieces I can. No doubt there will be plenty of subject matter to paint. 
This pastel was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.