Born in 1974 in Dayton, Ohio, Joel David Holsinger began creating artwork prolifically early in his childhood. The tremendously gifted artist and art educator, Terry Chamberlain of Cedarville University, was then Joel’s high school art teacher at Dayton Christian High School and the one who encouraged him the most to seriously consider a career in art.
In 1992, at age 18, Holsinger was honored to be recognized as a Scholastic Arts Award Portfolio Finalist. He went on to receive a bachelors degree in Fine Art at Miami University of Ohio, after receiving a full-tuition art scholarship which was awarded to him by the Gibson Greetings Foundation. He graduated in 1996 with a B.F.A. in Painting and Graphic Design.
After working for a year as a graphic designer at Campbell-Hausfeld and Cedarville University, Holsinger taught a year as head art instructor at Dayton Christian High School, after which he moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1998, working as a fine artist for more than six years at the Phoenix Art Group. In 2004, Holsinger began working as a freelance fine artist, represented principally at the time by Perrell Fine Art and Third & Wall Art Group, while painting full-time out of his art studio in Mesa, Arizona, now known as the Holsinger Fine Art & Design studio. From 2005 to 2007 his artwork was juried in three consecutive years to the Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art show, an annual ten week long art show and working art space involving 100 artists, national and international.
Today, Holsinger continues to paint prolifically from his art studio in Mesa, Arizona where he sells his work locally and online to art collectors and art afficionados, as well as through galleries. He is represented nationally by Capstone Art, based in San Jose, California. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections (including in those of some well-known celebrities), as well as in fine art galleries and upscale hotels and resorts around the world.
The main focus of his work is philosophical and biblically Spiritual, emanating from his Christian worldview and faith. His paintings, whether abstract or traditional, are inspired by biblical principles of timeless Truth, Life, Beauty, Wisdom, and Love. Many of Holsinger’s artistic subjects are drawn from music, landscapes, architecture, biblical passages, classical literature, and world history, all synthesized with various contemporary influences. Holsinger’s creative process combines a balance of planning and spontaneity.
He predominantly works with acrylic, oil, and watercolor, as well as some incorporated collaged elements, and with dimensional, mixed media. He works on various substrates including canvas, coventry rag vellum paper, metal and wood constructions, and does “reverse painting” on plexiglass that is later mounted on boxes. Holsinger works with multiple layering techniques, as well as with some unorthodox painting tools. He makes it a priority to work with high-quality materials and media that will result in more archivally-sound artwork. His paintings seek to fit the past with the present, the old with the new, the traditional with the contemporary.