”…Sensuous layers of paint, combined with both organic and inorganic substances and non- traditional painting materials, ooze and undulate as they travel along each textured canvas. Remnants of random pieces of nature from falling trees, windswept landscapes, and insects who have traversed each canvas have become part of these delicious tapestries created in the outdoors…. Some~ earthy, with a quiet strength. Others~ more vivid with LaMattina’s recognizable color palette. Although most remain abstract, occasionally, a figure emerges!”
Joe was born and raised in New Jersey and educated at William Paterson University. From December 1, 1975 through June 30, 2010 he was employed as an art instructor with the Hackensack Public School System. Loving his job as teacher and mentor, Joe spent thirty-five years focusing much of my energy inspiring young artists ages five to eighteen. It was an amazing journey. Retired since 2010, he has decided to continue his journey with a shift, which will allow him more time to focus on integrating his studio time, gallery shows and sales.
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