June 2006 Artwalk

Artist: Joe Veltkamp

Joe Veltkamp begain painting as a way of relieving stress from his career in the hi-tech industry. His boss gave him a gift certificate to Seattle Art Supply. After that, he began to slowly teach himself how to paint. Since then, he has worked in other mediums such as ceramics, acrylics, oils and embroidery.

He has been showing at Lark for the past year and a half. Additionally, he has shown at Atlas Foods, The Hi-Life Café, The Lee Center for the Arts and Cupcake Royale. Later this summer, he has two shows scheduled for Retrofit Home.

Joe's subject of choice has historically been flowers. People frequently ask, "Why flowers?" To help explain, here is a passage from Tom Robbins' Jitterbug Perfume. "Flowers do not see, hear, taste or touch, but they react to light in a crucial manner, and they direct their lives and their environment through an orchestration of aroma. With an increased floral consciousness, humans will begin to make full use of their "light brain" and to make more refined and sophisticated use of their "smell brain". The two are portentously linked. In fact, they overlap to such an extent that they may be considered inseparable. We live now in an information technology. Flowers have always lived in an information technology. Flowers gather information all day. At night, they process it. This is called photosynthesis."

Joe Veltkamp welcomes this new age of floral consciousness. He feels lucky to live in Seattle where we celebrate the synthesis of technology and nature.

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African Daisies


Peach Blossoms

California Poppies