Art is for Life!
Born in Arizona,
Joe Louis Molina has lived in Colorado for over 30 years. A poverty stricken childhood motivated Joe to move towards an artistic path of self-expression. He is a multi-media artist who creates raku pottery and large scale paintings. Much of his inspiration is derived from his travels. Each work that he creates is unique and comes from his heart. As a student, he learned to channel his emotions and translate them into personal works of art.
Joe Molina has made himself acutely attuned to the natural world and its processes – both those that create balance and cause destruction. It was initially this awareness that sparked his creative career as he sought a way to respond to the 2009 Tsunami. Though Joe began with collage and pottery, lately he has turned to large-scale acrylic painting to better articulate the full scope of this inspiration. Molina uses the immense picture plane of the canvas to heighten the colors of nature and enhance the tranquility of the sublime.
Molina is an artistic impressionist painter whose work often reflects his love of nature. Not afraid to take risks, Joe has been known to mix wine and paint together to create his artwork, and lately has included gems to create a third dimension. Joe Molina, with Mexican and Native American roots, and married to a Japanese American woman, uses these influences to create his art. His appreciation of diversity and culture, combined with his life experiences, has enabled him to craft a large body of artwork. His painted scenes of Africa, tsunamis of Japan, and aspen trees truly provide an admirer a quick glimpse at his wide artistic views, in addition to his vivid use of color.
Just as quickly as Joe stumbled into pottery, he also found his niche as a painter. In an attempt to practice his painting so that he could paint on his four foot tall vases, Joe began his journey to becoming a well-known artist. He began to paint in the middle of the night and his painting never stopped. The home office turned into a makeshift studio. Then, he began to take over the garage, and soon he had his own studio and warehouse to work out of. Who knows what will transpire in the future for Molina. If you blink, you might miss out!
“To be honest, I wasn’t planning this at all. I had a different path that I thought I was going to go down. But time changes everything.”
“Life without art is life without air, learn to breathe.”
“Changing out world one Art Creation at a time.”
“Art is Everything”
“I want to create these messages in a beautiful, colorful way”
“I have so much to say through art – I have so much to say I don’t know how to get it out in one lifetime.”
“I want people to come in here. I want them to feel the energy.
“If you can imagine it, it’s going to happen.”
“I feel like this is one big art project.”
“There’s so much I’ve wanted to do, and I’ve always gone after it.”
“I’ve been told I was going to fail, that I wasn’t going to graduate. I’ve been told a lot of things that weren’t very nice, but it hardened me to the point where I knew it didn’t matter. I was going to succeed in my life the way I wanted, not the way they wanted.”
“When I create these vases, it’s dangerous,” “These have to be taken out of the kiln at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit while they’re glowing red hot. It’s literally playing with fire. But it creates beautiful things.”
“I have a lot of work ahead of me, but I look forward to it because it gives me such sheer joy.”
“I feel this is a gift that was given to me, that it has always been there, but I just didn’t know how to let it out until I became an artist. Like in my previous jobs, I’m just trying to tell my story and share my visions, but now I’m doing it in a n abstract way.”
“I want to be able to help people move to the next level.”
“I want everyone to be able to feel what I feel here.”
“I’ve been always wanted to find my own castle, my own peace.”
“Art was my escape.”
“I needed to get an ART message out.” “I needed to try to communicate that with people in a way that the world would understand.”
“I can’t create without music.”
“I really want to stress collaboration, I’m just one man collaboration is key.”
"There is No such thing as Starving Artist! Even legend Artist had to pay for materials or pay someone to grind the pigment for colors."
"Thank you guys, REALLY I never thought that this would be my direction. You have to read the articles to truly understand. "
"My on a Journey/Quest for the meaning of my own life and becoming an artist has giving me the voice to speak out load in true color. I’ve been misunderstood all my life and now I don’t have to say anything! My Artwork does it for me and I’m very Thankful for this happening."
"Please let’s not talk business online. I have a minimum price before I fly you down to my Gallery and accommodate you before you purchase. LOL"