Joe Beckner is considered one of the TOP PREMIER WATERCOLOR ARTISTS!
Joe Beckner was born in Muncie, Indiana in 1936. He migrated to the University of Colorado where he minored in art. Once he saw the Rocky Mountains he would never leave Colorado. From 1962 until 1979 he taught art in three different Colorado high schools, and acquired an Art Degree from the University of Northern Colorado. Even though he taught and practiced his profession he didn’t become a serious full-time artist until he sold out two one-man shows in 1978 and 1979. In 1980 he left teaching to become a full time artist which he is today!
He is one of the premier transparent watercolorists in the United States, and has won numerous awards such as Best of Show in the Poudre Valley Art League, Best Painting in the Castle Rock Artfest, Top 100 in Arts for the Parks, plus others.
His works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States, and his paintings have sold in foreign countries such as England and Australia. Although he paints all over the United States, his first love is Colorado with its rich vibrant colors and dramatic landscapes. His paintings have a serenity that capture the West as it once was and is today.