Arizona native and longtime Prescott resident Joseph Robertson has spent his life in the arts:  first as a musician and composer, then as a recording studio owner/engineer, and finally as a visual artist.

     Self-taught, Joseph has worked in stone, acrylics and now scratchboard.  Drawing on a life in the west, his depictions of wildlife and cowboy life are intricate in detail and rustic in form.

     Joseph has won awards at the Phippen Western Art Show, the Tempe Festival of the Arts, Artfest of Henderson Nevada, and the St. George Arts Festival.


     Scratchboard is an etching process developed over 300 years ago in Europe. Using hand tools such as scalpels and needles, the artist removes black India ink that has been applied to a white board. As the black ink is removed the white board underneath is exposed and an image is formed. Whereas the pencil artist draws shadows, the scratchboard artist draws light. Color can be added or left out depending on the desired effect.

Joseph uses many creative tools to achieve a variety of shades and scratch depths.  He adds the color via a transparent wash.  The originals are on the scratchboard (Masonite board).  Prints are on professional-grade paper with archival-quality ink.

Enjoy your visit at Joseph Robertson's scratchboard art site.  

www.joesartgallery.net    (928) 778-6382       email: joesart@msn.com
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