Joel Sobelson went to college to learn to be a dentist. But since he failed organic chemistry class, three times, he found himself studying art and design at Pratt Institute. When he created a portfolio of ads, he was immediately hired at one of the top ad firms in the business. And so began his 35 year, award winning career. A career not with his hands in people’s mouths but messing with people’s heads.
Upon retirement, he realized sitting on the couch, eating Oreo’s while watching old movies not really working for him. His boredom and love of art encouraged him to enroll at Silvermine Art School in Connecticut where he was able to shake off the rust and get back to drawing.
From the start he was recognized as an emerging new talent. His work has been featured by the Pastel Society of Connecticut, the American Artists Professional League, the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and in many other prestigious shows in New York, Boston, DC and Connecticut.
His approach to his work is to find a good story and tell it with all the emotional authenticity, style and heart he can bring to the easel.
He recently moved to Chapel Hill where he can be found drawing in his studio, playing tennis, and lying on the couch eating Oreos while watching old movies.
His work can be viewed at http://jsobelson.wixsite.com/joel-sobelson
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