graphic designer since 1974, Joseph Stoddard began his career developing
corporate identity programs and print graphics with leading design firms
in Los Angeles. In 1984 he began designing architectural graphics with
SKA Design in South Pasadena and is now one of the principals. He taught
graphic design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena from 1981
to 1994 and is currently teaching painting at the Creative Arts Group in
Although he has
sketched and painted all of his life, he began painting seriously in
1987 doing primarily local architecture, urban scapes, landscapes, and
historic landmarks in and around the city of Pasadena. The current
interest in historic preservation through art has brought Joseph
critical acclaim through numerous public showings and publications.
In addition to
providing the original watercolors for the Historical Society of
Southern Californiašs prestigious Community Enrichment Awards for the
past eight years, he has also been the guest location artist at a
variety of local history fairs and celebrations throughout the Los
Angeles area. In 1995 he took the third place award at the first annual
Mission San Juan Capistrano California Art Club competition.
His work has been
featured in Pasadena Magazine, and he has produced cover artwork for a
number of books published by the Historical Society of Southern
California. Original watercolor paintings have also been produced for
posters announcing various events within the city, including the
Colorado Street Bridge Party, Pasadena Pops Concerts, The Pasadena
Symphony, and the California Art Club Artists for Architecture Painting
Project. In 2001 a book of his sketches entitled Pasadena Sketchbook was
He has studied with
such well known artists as Robert E. Wood, Tom Lynch, Marilyn Simandle,
Eric Weigardt, Ken Auster, and Henry Fukuhara.
His medium is
transparent watercolor and most of his works are done on location in the
tradition of early "Plein Air" artists.