bbj_profile-01About the Artist

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bob Joachim came to art late in life. After a career as an ordained, Lutheran minister and 32 years in parole work for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he started taking classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). He also received instruction from PAFA graduate, Janet McShain, and Tom Steigerwald, a Tyler Art School Graduate, both of whom are professional artists. During the last 20 years he has developed skills in various mediums including water color, acrylic, oil, oil pastel, and egg tempers as well as drawing. He also was a founding member of the Manayunk Art Coop. As a resident of Chestnut Hill, with wife, Barbara and cat Sophie, he exhibits locally and has a studio in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Artist Statement

My paintings demonstrate an interest in creating natural landscapes that make us pause from our business and reflect on our living. Some of them suggest the interaction between people and the environment. Others interpret the scenes where land, water and sun meet. My work also represents visual memories of the places I have traveled to as well as the joy of painting “plein air” Generally, I see my work as moving between representation and abstraction and becoming more personal and conceptual. For me art like life is a magical process of experimentation and discovery.