Joel Pilcher was born and raised in the Rocky Mountains and has always had a passion for the outdoors and the wildlife that resides there. As a kid, when someone asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, his answer was always a wildlife artist.
When Joel was young he worked for his dad who was a general contractor. Joel was practically raised on the job site and it's where he learned a lot of skills that have benefited him throughout his life. However, at age 22, Joel reached a point where he had to make the decision whether to chase his dream of becoming an artist, or follow in his dad’s footsteps in the construction industry. While Joel was grateful for the time spent and lessons learned in construction, the decision was an easy one. After looking for a few weeks, he found a job with a company as a graphic designer.
Joel worked for that company for two years then went on his own as a freelance designer. Over the next decade he did contract work for many companies inside and out of the outdoor industry. He even had the opportunity to co-found a few businesses including a marketing firm called Zulu Six, the outdoor supplement company Mtn Ops, and Hoofit Socks. He learned a lot from the failures and successes experienced with each venture.
As Joel's career in marketing and design progressed, he always wondered if there was still a possibility that he could be successful as a fine artist. In early 2017, Joel decided to give it a go—and it was the best career decision he's ever made.
Joel loves the look and feel of black and white. For over a year he worked almost strictly in white charcoal on black art board, but in early 2019 he decided to expand his horizons and pick up a paint brush. He now wishes he hadn’t waited so long because it was love at first brush stroke. He continues to paint but often returns to charcoal and has recently developed a new technique he loves where he uses charcoal on pre-primed and stretched canvas. Joel has always considered art to be an adventure and he's constantly pushing his limits and working to try new things and improve.
Joel loves creating art and really enjoys seeing the pleasure others experience in viewing his artwork. He has so many ideas and projects he wants to develop and hopes to be creating for a very long time.