the colorblind artist


Josh is a contemporary watercolorist born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina in 1981.  His curiosity of all things creative began at an early age.  When he was eight years old, his Mother signed him up for painting lessons at the local arts council where he was introduced to the wonderful medium of watercolor.  Soon after, it was discovered that Josh suffered from deuteronomy or “color blindness”.  The battle of trying to replicate colors found in a still life or photographs proved to be too frustrating- so Josh ultimately packed up his brushes.

Twenty years passed- Josh had since moved to Charlotte, graduated college, secured a good job and married a great woman. Life was great… but something was missing.  After twenty years, he had “the itch” again… he wanted to paint.  And so the quest began –  a quest to find a style of painting that did not take itself too seriously, that was loose and expressive, but most importantly, did not follow the rules of  “realistic” color theory.

After researching popular artists, Josh came across the work of Sterling Edwards. Sterling is a master of abstract impressionism, the style that Josh was looking for.  So he studied; and with the encouragement of his wife, he began to paint again.  He was finally creating something real – this time with luminous color, expressive shapes and absolutely no rules.