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

"Midday Pastures" 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

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

 700. unframed
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

"Foxen Canyon Heights" 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.

May 6, 2013

Mid Morning Palos Verdes Coast 9x12 Oil

I have been doing more plein air painting with oils recently and I want to continue this trend so last Friday I drove to Palos Verdes to paint. I did not have a lot of time to search for a new vantage point or discover a new location so I drove to a familiar place. This was merely about practicing and seeing if I could do more with a familiar subject. I like to go to places that I have painted before to test myself to see if I have grown and learned since the last time I painted there.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.

April 29, 2013

"Morning View Heisler Park" 11x14 Oil

I recently had the opportunity do some plein air work in Laguna Beach. 
This is a view from Heisler Park looking south.
This painting was accepted into The Segil fine Art Summer Show.

April 6, 2013

"Light Gatherers Of Pismo Beach" 18x24 Pastel

This pastel was recently completed for the Pastel Society Of Southern California members exhibit.
The show opens Saturday April 6, with a reception from 6-9pm at the
Manhattan Beach Creative Arts Center.

March 2, 2013

"Evening Fire" 6x8 Oil and Open Studio Today


This little painting is part of my studio exhibit happening today from 11am - 4pm. Come by and say hello if you are in the area.
756 36th st. Manhattan Beach Ca. 90266

February 17, 2013

"Open Studio Exhibit" Saturday March 2, 11am - 4pm

"High Country Spring" 14x11 Pastel 
I am pleased to announce I will opening my studio for another
exhibit and sale of my paintings. Please come by for a visit.
Saturday March 2, 11am to 4pm.
Friday preview available by appt.
The above pastel painting was a recent
demonstration given at the Palos Verdes Art Center.

February 8, 2013

Salon International 2013

Late Autumn In Olancha 20x16 Oil

Remembering Sonoma 16x20 Oil Sold
The two pieces above were chosen as part of the Salon International 2013 Art Show.  This show received over 1,000 entries and only 374 pieces were juried in.  This exhibit is held in San Antonio, Texas and hosted by The Greenhouse Gallery.

December 21, 2012

"Breaking Wave" 11x14 Pastel at Saturday Studio Sale

This is another piece that will be on display at my Saturday Year End Studio Sale.
The sale begins at 11:00am and will run until 4pm. Get here early for the best selection.

December 17, 2012

"Studio Sale" Saturday, December 22nd, 11am - 4pm

 "Summer Evening" 18x24 Oil Revised
This piece has been spruced up a bit to hopefully sell at my studio exhibit this weekend.  It really needed to be lightened up. I also added a bit more color in the clouds. It feels like a new painting now. My studio sale is Saturday Dec. 22 11am 4pm. Some of the proceeds will be donated to
The Sandy Hook Support Fund.

December 14, 2012

View From The Bluffs 12x20 Oil

800. Sold
In October some friends brought me to the Chalk Bluffs outside of Bishop, California. As we hiked up to the top, the view seemed to get better and better. I especially enjoyed seeing the Owens River  as it snaked its way through the valley. To see familiar mountains from a new perspective felt a bit like I was rekindling an old friendship.

December 11, 2012

December 10, 2012

"Surf At Sunset" 8x10 Oil

 300. framed


December 9, 2012

"Blue Ridge Autumn" 11x14 pastel

900. framed Sold

This pastel is a recent demonstration given at Cannery Row Studios and then completed in studio. I'm still inspired by my trip back east last autumn and I look forward to returning.
Please contact me if interested in this piece.

November 25, 2012

"The Highest Peak - Mt Whitney" 8x10 Oil

On my way home from a recent trip to the sierras, I witnessed a wonderful sunrise on Mt.Whitney. The clouds behind the mountains were mostly still in shadow setting the stage for the highest peaks to show off even more. It was a fleeting moment that I was so pleased to experience.  This painting is available at my studio. Please contact me
directly for more information.

November 22, 2012

Carolina Autumn 11x14 Pastel


I'm pleased and relieved to finish this pastel because it has taken a year to get to it. I have several more potential paintings that I would like to work on from my trip to North Carolina last autumn. All in good timing as I'm sure that these ideas have needed to marinate for awhile
 before I begin working on them. This particular scene was used last weekend as a partial demonstration for a Saturday workshop.  

November 10, 2012

High Desert Autumn 14x11 Pastel

 700. framed

The weather has turned cool recently at least by our standards here at the beach and I'm certainly enjoying it. It feels more like autumn now.  I follow the seasons as much as possible in my work. They affect my mood very much and this in turn shows up in my paintings. That's not to say I won't paint a summer scene in winter but I certainly am aware of the slightest changes in the seasons especially because they are so slight here in Southern Cal.  It is a wonderful thing to be able to express how I feel visually and I have much more work
 to do that this season is inspiring so it's time to get busy.
This pastel is a recent demonstration for my pastel class.

October 31, 2012

"Expecting Snow" 6x6 Oil

This painting was inspired by a recent trip to the High Sierras. When I arrived at this location near June Lake, it was cloudy and overcast with a bit of snow falling. I remained in the area long enough to have the sun come out for a short time but just long enough to be treated to aspens that were putting on a show with fall color.  

October 27, 2012

"November Evening" 5x7 Oil

125.00 + Tx. Sold

This scene is from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina near Asheville.

October 21, 2012

"An Autumn Choir" 8x10 Oil

350. + Tx. unframed.

Last week I returned from a trip to the high sierras for some fall color. It was a great experience as I was treated to every kind of weather including hail storms and snow. This plein air painting was completed in Rock Creek canyon.
Please contact me if interested in purchasing this piece.

October 19, 2012

"The View From Above" 11x14 Pastel

 700. framed

This pastel is a view of the cliffs near Pismo Beach California and was a recent demonstration for my Wednesday morning pastel class. The current pastel session is already more than have way finished however a new four week session begins on November 14th. Please use the link below if interested in signing up and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
For those interested in one on one lessons, and when my schedule allows, I teach out of my studio as well. Contact me for more information on private classes.

October 8, 2012

"Monday Morning In Manhattan Beach" 6x8 Oil

"Monday Morning In Manhattan Beach"
6x8 Oil on linen. 175. + Tx. Sold

This morning was perfect. Clouds gathering around with sunlight filtering through and and opportunity to visit with some folks taking their morning walk on the strand. I had about 2 hours and  on the parking meter so I worked quickly. Eventually it clouded over completely and all was in shade but with a few moments of sunlight peeking through I was able finish.
 A Monday morning well spent.

October 6, 2012

"Road Through The Vineyard" 6x6 oil

 Available at Solvang Antiques, Solvang California.
I have been anxious to get back to painting some smaller oils again.
This scene of California wine counrty is the first of a few I have in mind. Stay tuned. 

October 3, 2012

"Evening Light North Jetty" 11x14 Pastel

This pastel is another that I will be displaying at the Manhattan Beach City Hall Pastel Exhibition.
This is another local scene from the north end of Manhattan Beach. I have come to appreciate the jetties and breakwaters near my home. Each one seems to have its own character. Many have found their way into a painting or two and no doubt will again in the future.
This pastel is 800. framed. A payment plan is available.

October 2, 2012

"Winter Break" 11x14 Pastel

This pastel was a previous demonstration for my pastel class from about a year ago. I recently put some final touches on to finish it. It will be displayed at the Manhattan Beach City Hall as part of a pastel exhibit I am having with artist David Wolfram. We will each be displaying six pieces. If you are in the area please drop by to take a look.
Contact me directly for pricing and more information.

September 24, 2012

"As Nightfall Approaches" 20x16 Pastel


Hi Folks. I hope you are enjoying the first days of Autumn. I am certainly ready for some cooler temps. A little over a week ago I performed a pastel demonstration for the Pastel Society Of Southern California. I was able to put the finishing touches on this weekend and now it's complete. The location is the North Fork Of Bishop Creek looking east at the White Mountains at sunset. It is a wonderful time to be there as the heat of the day subsides and the cool evening is approaching.