Mountain Trails Gallery

Joe Garcia

Native Californian Joe Garcia is an established landscape and wildlife artist living and painting near the small mountain town of Julian, California. The natural setting amidst oaks and pines, and the golden hills of Southern California provide endless inspiration and subjects for his art.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an advertising/illustration emphasis from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for 13 years then left the commercial field to focus full time on the fine art side of his career.

Today Joe continues to paint in oil or watercolor, and emphasizes composition, value and spontaneity in each medium. His works reflect his love of nature in landscapes, birds, mammals and a variety of other themes on location and in the studio. Garcia shows in exhibitions across the country, and his original paintings and limited edition prints may be found in galleries and private collections throughout the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.

Joe’s art has appeared in numerous magazines, including Southwest Art, The Artist Magazine, Wildlife Art, and Watercolor Magic. North Light produced his books, Mastering the Watercolor Wash and the Watercolor Bible, and included his art in several other publications.

Joe Garcia's enthusiasm and dedication brings continued achievement and success as he paints what he loves.


Joe was chosen to judge the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest in October 2010 in Berkeley, California. He was honored to be involved in the selection process of this esteemed award. The panel of five gave the honor to James Hautman, a respected member of the wildlife art community and winner of the contest three times previously.


“Birds in Art,” Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Wausau, WI: 1993, ’95, ’96, ’98—2000, 2002—2007, 2009, 2010
Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT: 1996--2005; permanent collection, 1998/2000
American Artists Abroad, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2005-2006, 2009
Society of Animal Artists: 1994—2006
Annual Wildlife Art Shows
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC: February
Reflections of Nature, Fallbrook, CA: May
Waterfowl Festival, Easton, MD: November (Joe inducted to Hall of Fame, 2000)


Southwest Art, June 2005
Dove Hunter, Jan-Feb, 2005
Watercolor Magic Handbook, July 2002
Outside the Box, Joe Garcia, The Artist Magazine, April 2000
Comrades in Art, Marcia Preston, Wildlife Art, Jan-Feb 1999
Watercolor Magic Magazine, National Award of Merit, 1998
Western Quail and the Artists Who Paint Them, Quail Unlimited Magazine, May-June, 1998
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, US Art, Sept 1997
Art Arithmetic, The Artist Magazine, Sept 1997
Nice Guys Finish First, Midwest Art, March-April 1998
Bird Watchers Digest covers


Watercolor Bible, Joe Garcia, North Light Books, 2005
Mastering the Watercolor Wash, Joe Garcia, North Light Books, 2002
Wildlife Art, Joan Muvskens Pursley, Portfolio Press, 2002
The Best of Wildlife Art 2, Rachel Rubin Wolf, North Light Books, 2000
Wildlife Art, Alan Singer, North Light Books, 1999
The Art of the American West, Caroline Lindscott, Rockport Publishers, Dec 1998
Watercolour 10, Chinese Watercolor Society, Taiwan, 1996
Splash 3, Rachel Rubin Wolf, North Light Books, 1994
Contemporary Western Artists, Peggy and Harold Samuels, Southwest Art Publishing, 1982


Artists’ Workshop, RB Productions, 1999

Back to Thumbnails