"Happy Toes, Happy Mind"
Joseph Cross, "Happy Toes, Happy Mind," 2003, oil on canvas, 30" x 36".
By Jennifer MacLeod
Cranbrook artist Joseph Cross displays an ardour for the outdoors in his richly hued oils and pastels. Broad sweeps of nature as well as bold, close-up encounters with brilliant flowers are represented in his portfolio, all radiant with sunlight or basking in a sublime golden glow. “Creating connections with our surroundings provides an opening for us to reside in the peacefulness of our inner nature,” says the artist. Indeed, a human presence is either implied as awestruck observer of the natural environment or depicted as active participant, with fly fishers, campers and boaters populating many works. In October 2003, Cross was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of Canada. In 2002 Pastel Artist International Magazine featured a seven-page article on his work, and International Artist Magazine featured him in “Master Painters of the World: Canada Showcase.” Cross’s work is found at: Webster Galleries, Calgary; ArtistaNiche, Cranbrook; The Centre Gallery, Kelowna; Lloyd Gallery, Penticton; Art Effects Creative Framing, High River; Avens Gallery, Canmore; Editions Galleries, Banff. Cross is exhibiting in Mountain Moments, June 5 to 30 at Webster Galleries, 403-263-6500.